Police investigators have proposed pressing charges against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and several members of his family over suspicions that he and his associates illegally tapped into a 50 million crown EU subsidy ten years ago. If the prime minister stands trial and is found guilty he could face a jail sentence of between five and ten years.
President Miloš Zeman has welcomed this week’s Constitutional Court ruling striking down a March 2018 order to extradite suspected Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin to the United States. In a televised interview on Thursday, Mr Zeman said he warned former justice minister Robert Pelikán that the move was illegal – and accused him of being an American lackey.
The Civic Democrats have come out with a new amendment to Czech driving legislation, which would allow drivers to have up to two lagers before taking the wheel. They hope to table the proposal at the next session of the Chamber of Deputies, but there appears to be scant support for the idea in the lower house.
The police have arrested an arsonist responsible for 31 fires in Prague and
its surroundings between mid-January and March of this year.
The twenty-six-year-old admitted to the said fires but the police believe he could be responsible for many more.
A few days before Christmas the young man set alight six cars within the space of twenty minutes in Prague’s Letnany district.
He could face up to three years in prison.
Cardinal and Archbishop of Prague, Dominik Duka has expressed regret in
connection with claims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of České
Budějovice. An investigative report conducted by journalists from the
online television Seznam TV brought interviews with women claiming to have
been sexually abused by church officials and presented evidence that
bishops in the diocese remained inactive despite being aware of the crimes.
Cardinal Duka released a statement on the church’s website expressing regret and shock over the cases of sexual abuse, which take place here and across the world. The Cardinal went on to say that he is aware of the overly long judicial processes on the state and church level and that it is necessary to work on a substantial change.
In their report, Seznam journalists found evidence that the testimony of one victim being repeatedly raped by a priest from the Diocese of České Budějovice started being investigated in 2009, but only achieved progress last year once it was brought up to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Senate rejected Charles University vice-rector Aleš Gerloch as a
candidate for Constitutional Court judge in a secret ballot on Wednesday.
The law professor had been put forth as a candidate by President Miloš Zeman, who is now expected to suggest another candidate.
Opposition senators object to Mr Gerloch having been a member of the Communist Party. They also say he neglected to note that before 1995 he worked at universities suspected of having improperly awarded politicians and police officials degrees.
A young Czech woman has been sentenced by a Pakistani court to eight years
and eight months in prison for drug trafficking, Pakistan's Geo TV
The now 22-year-old, a professional model, was arrested in January last year at the airport of the East Pakistani city of Lahore with several kilograms of heroin in her possession.
She was accused of trying to smuggle the drug to the United Arab Emirates.
A former member of the country’s unit for fighting organized crime, Ludek
Vokal, has been charged in connection with information leaks from the force
during his time in service.
The former detective is suspected of having leaked information from a number of open cases to members of the underworld.
The leaks occurred between 2010 and 2015. The police was severely criticized for the leaks at the time.
A new study suggests that goods valued at up to CZK 10 billion are stolen from Czech retailers annually. The report by security agency SSI Group, which was cited in Monday’s edition of Právo, found that staff were responsible for a higher portion of damage than shoplifters. In fact, staff were to blame for almost 80 percent of the damage caused, SSI Group said.
In connection with the terrorist attack in New Zealand’s Christchurch,
the Czech minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček, says the country’s
police force are investigating all instances of people expressing approval
on the internet of criminal acts. Mr. Hamáček said on Twitter that
officers had begun monitoring such cases on Friday.
Police chief Jan Švejdar said that the force would not tolerate any expressions of agreement with terrorism, extremism or hate speech. Czech police have responded to internet hate speech in the past, including in late 2017, when they dealt with cases of vitriol directed at a photo of a mixed-race group of primary school children.
Forty-nine people were murdered and dozens more were seriously injured in a gun attack on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
Czechs offer restoration experts to help France rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral
“We will remember them”: Trevor Sage, the Englishman cleaning Prague’s Holocaust memorial plaques
The Czech “koruna” celebrates 100th birthday
Czech Easter traditions explained
Czech “breastfeeding guerrilla” mums stage “feed-ins” over incident at Austrian bank