Opposition politicians have said they respect the decision of the state
attorney who halted an investigation into the so-called Stork’s Nest
Affair involving the Czech prime minister, but are waiting for more
information and a thorough justification of that decision.
TOP 09 leader and former justice minister, Jiří Pospíšil, stressed the importance of an open and thorough justification of the decision for future public trust in the judiciary.
The head of the Christian Democrats, Marek Výborný, noted that while the state attorney’s decision may be acceptable from a legal perspective, it was not so from an ethical one.
And the leader of the Civic Democrats Petr Fiala said that in view of the circumstances and the change-of-guard at the justice ministry just hours after the police proposed the prime minister’s prosecution there would always be doubts in people’s minds regarding the prime minister’s proclaimed innocence.
State attorney Jaroslav Šaroch who has halted an investigation into Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš and members of his family over suspected EU subsidy
fraud after dealing with the case for four years should explain the
circumstances that led him to make that decision, the Union of State
Attorneys said on its Facebook page soon after the news broke on Monday.
The union said that since the state attorney had back-tracked on his original legal opinion on the case, he should provide a thorough justification for his decision.
Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman, who has a right to invalidate the decision, has not yet commented on the development.
State prosecutor Jaroslav Šaroch has halted an investigation into Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš and members of his family over the alleged abuse of
European Union subsidies in connection with the Stork’s Nest hotel and
conference centre near Prague, the newspaper Deník N reported on Monday,
citing two people close to the case.
The daily said that Mr. Šaroch, who was due to conclude the matter by the end of August, had informed his superiors of the decision on Friday. It must still be approved by the leadership of the Prague municipal state attorney’s office.
Mr. Šaroch’s superiors must now go through the entire case file, which contains over 20,000 pages, Deník N said.
Mr. Babiš has been facing charges of abusing CZK 50 million in EU grants since October 2017 but has always denied any wrongdoing. His wife, daughter, brother-in-law and two other associates have also been under investigation.
The PM said on Sunday that he believed the investigation would be dropped. He said he would remain in government even if the prosecutor had acted on police advice and filed criminal charges against him.
Karolína Plíšková has been knocked out in the fourth round of the US
Open in New York. The Czech third seed, who was wearing a bandage on her
left thigh, lost 7-6 3-6 5-7 to the UK’s Johanna Konta in a dramatic
match lasting almost two and a half hours.
Plíšková’s exit at Flushing Meadows means she will not become world number after the final Grand Slam tournament of the season. She would have been the top-ranked player if she had reached the semi-finals.
The Czech basketball team lost their opening game at the sport’s World
Cup in Shanghai 67:88 to title holders and five time champions the United
States. The Czechs held their own for much of the encounter but fell short
of achieving a sensation, despite the fact the Americans were without many
It is the first time a Czech squad is participating in the competition in 37 years.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says he believes that the state attorney will
halt his investigation on suspicion of abuse of EU subsidies in connection
with Stork’s Nest, a hotel and conference centre near Prague.
He made the comment on Sunday, a day before the prosecutor is expected to announce whether criminal charges will be brought against the PM and members of his family, as the police have recommended.
Mr. Babiš said on the Prima TV station that if he is charged, he will remain in government. He denies any wrongdoing.
Prices in the Czech Republic have almost tripled since the foundation of
the state in 1993, according to a new analysis produced by Raiffeisenbank.
The Czech crown has strengthened by roughly a quarter in the same period,
the study found.
Raiffeisenbank analyst Helena Horská told the Czech News Agency that if somebody had placed CZK 100 under their pillow in 1993 it would today get them around a third of the goods it would have then.
However, if they wished to spend the same sum abroad they could buy a similar amount as today, because prices abroad have grown at roughly the same tempo as the crown has strengthened, she said.
The deputy governor of Lower Austria, Stephan Pernkopf, and former Austrian
minister of the environment Elisabeth Köstinger have not ruled out taking
legal action against the Czech Republic at the EU over the financing of the
completing of the Dukovany nuclear power station in Moravia, the Austrian
daily Kurier wrote on Saturday night. Both politicians have criticised a
positive environmental impact assessment issued on Friday for new nuclear
units at the Czech plant.
The pair said they wanted to hear from the Prague government who would finance the construction project. Once they had done so they would ascertain whether it was possible to file a lawsuit over state support at the EU, Ms. Köstinger said.
The Austrian politicians are also opposed to the extension of the life span at Dukovany’s existing reactors.
Around 107,800 children are set to enter first grade at schools around the
Czech Republic on Monday morning. The total number of pupils at elementary
schools will be roughly 953,500, which is approximately 12,500 more than in
the previous academic year.
Secondary school students will number around 409,000, an increase of roughly 5,000 on the figure this time last year.
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