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04-06-2004

State sells stake in Unipetrol to Polish concern

The Czech state is selling its majority stake in Unipetrol to the Polish concern PKN Orlen. On Friday the Polish refinery company signed a 13-billion-crown contract with the National Property Fund and the Czech Consolidation Agency to buy the state's stake in the petrochemical company. The European Commission now has to approve the deal, which is the biggest privatisation carried out by the current Czech government.

Suspended sentences of police officers who beat up Romany increased

Pilsen Regional Court has increased the suspended sentences of three police officers found guilty of beating up a Romany man. The three had previously been given ten-month suspended terms for abuse of power; two of the officers' sentences were increased to 14 months, and the third to 16 months. In 2001 the three drove Romany Karel Billy to a forest near Karlovy Vary, where they punched, kicked and beat him with nightsticks.

Czech Republic takes part in event at cemetery of Germans killed in D-Day landings

The Czech Republic has taken part in a ceremony at the largest cemetery for German soldiers killed in the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. On Friday 16 young people from the Czech Republic, Britain, Germany and several other countries read out short messages on what peace meant to them at the ceremony in the French town of La Cambe. The 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings is being marked on Sunday.

State attorney's pay cut temporarily for drinking on job

A Prague state attorney who was drunk at work is to be docked 20 percent of her pay for a period of six months, following a hearing of the disciplinary committee of the Supreme Court in the capital. Tana Krutska was found guilty on Friday of dereliction of duty and damaging trust in the state attorney's office.

New express train route from Liberec to Berlin opened

A new express train from the north Bohemian town of Liberec to Berlin set off for the first time on Friday morning. The train leaves at 4:15 in the morning and arrives in the German capital at 8:45 before continuing to the town of Binz on the Baltic coast.

Nedved named Czech Footballer of the Year

The Czech international football captain, Pavel Nedved, has been voted Czech Footballer of the Year for the fifth time. The 31-year-old Juventus midfielder - who is currently European Footballer of the Year - received the Golden Ball award at a ceremony in Prague on Thursday evening. On Saturday Pavel Nedved will lead the Czech team against Estonia, in their last warm-up game before they leave for the European Championships in Portugal.

Weather

Saturday should be a cloudy day with rain or even storms in places. The maximum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius.

04-06-2004