Customs officers at Prague airport have caught a man carrying around six
kilogrammes of cocaine, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. The non-Czech
national, who is 25, had travelled from Rio de Janeiro via Lisbon. Officers
discovered the drug in a piece of false-bottomed leather luggage.
It is the second case in a short period in which Prague customs officials have uncovered cocaine being smuggled from Brazil.
Coalition parties ANO and the Social Democrats have agreed to set up a new
commission on pensions. It will explore changes to the pension system and
should contain party representatives, experts, academics and people from
seniors’ organisations and NGOs.
ANO and the Social Democrats have also agreed to increase the state children’s allowance. From 2020 families will get a total of CZK 300,000, up from the present amount of CZK 220,000.
American and Czech soldiers are under investigation in connection with the
death of an Afghan commando who was beaten while in NATO custody in western
Afghanistan, the New York Times reported on Monday.
The commando, Wahidullah Khan, was accused of killing a Czech soldier last month in one of four deadly insider attacks this year by Afghan forces on NATO troops. Jan Pejšek, a spokesman for the Czech Ministry of Defence, has confirmed the ongoing investigation, but strongly denied accusations that Czech troops were involved in Mr. Khan’s death.
On October 22, Khan opened fire on a group of Czech soldiers at Shindand air base, in western Afghanistan. The attack killed one Czech soldier and wounded two others. He was arrested by Afghan troops and was taken into custody by Western forces. By the time he was returned to Afghan forces, around midnight, he had been beaten and was unconscious, Afghan officials said.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has issued a statement condemning Russia’s use
of force against Ukraine’s naval vessels. The ministry says the blockade
of the Kerch Strait by Russia is in breach of international law.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said in a tweet on Monday that Russian appropriation of the Sea of Azov was as unacceptable as its annexation of Crimea. The Czech foreign minister said he expected a joint EU statement on the matter, adding that the Czech Republic would be ready to join international sanctions over the incident.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was questioned by the police on Monday in
connection with an investigation into his son’s alleged abduction to
Crimea.According to Czech Radio, the prime minister spent close to two
hours at a Prague police station giving testimony with regard to the case.
The prime minister, who claims there was no abduction, says journalists used his son who suffers from schizophrenia, to create a slander campaign against him.
The opposition called a vote of no-confidence over the scandal last Friday, but the prime minister’s government survived it.
In a related development, according to the weekly Euro, investigators working on the Stork’s Nest case in which the prime minister is suspected of EU subsidy fraud say they will need more time to assemble evidence. The investigation is thus unlikely to be concluded by the end of the year.
British music legend Phil Collins will bring his Not Dead Yet: Live! tour
to Prague next year. The singer is to perform at Prague’s 02 Arena on
June 25, 2019. Tickets, ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 crowns will go on sale
at the end of November.
Collins, who first performed live in Prague in 1997, originally wound-up his solo career in the Czech capital with his Final First Farewell Tour.
E-sales on Black Friday reached a record 4.2 billion crowns, according to
the Association for Electronic Sales. This amounts to a 19 percent increase
On Friday E-shops saw a 300 percent increase in sales as compared to regular days. The annual sales event was so successful this year that Alza decided to stretch it to a fortnight. An increasing number of Czechs have got used to buying Christmas gifts online.
The Prague Municipal Court has opened the case of the fraudulent
privatization of the Czech Republic’s largest coal mining company
All five former managers charged appeared at Monday’s hearing. Their lawyers pointed out that all of them have already been convicted in the same case in a Swiss court of law.
The Czech judiciary opened the case for formal reasons, since none of those convicted have so far served their sentences.
The Czech Republic participated in the trial in Switzerland as a damaged party. The Czech finance ministry is seeking compensation for damages caused to the state. The damage incurred to the Czech Republic has been estimated at over two billion crowns.
Archaeologists unearth seven graves dating back to Great Moravian Empire
Czech Republic bracing for wind storm Sabine
Ron Perlman: Cinema is a much bigger art-form than superhero movies represent
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