Pope Francis this month publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and has vowed to do more to fight the problem. The issue came to the fore amid the Catholic Church’s overall reckoning with the sexual abuse of minors. Here in the Czech Republic, Cardinal Dominik Duka – who in the past has characterized such scandals as attacks on the church – has now agreed under pressure to meet some of the victims face to face.
Petra Kvitová is due to give evidence on Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of causing her serious injury. The world tennis number two was attacked in her home in December 2016 and suffered severe injuries to her main playing hand. The alleged perpetrator, 33-year-old Radim Žondra, faces up to 12 years in jail if found guilty. Kvitová has requested that she be allowed to give evidence outside the courtroom, so as not to have to face her suspected assailant. It is not clear when a verdict will be delivered in the case.
Plzeň state attorney Libor Řeřich was beaten up on the street on Friday
evening, Právo reported. Mr. Řeřich, who is 58, suffered injuries in the
attack and was taken to hospital by ambulance. His alleged assailant was
arrested by the police and was remanded in custody on Monday morning.
The motive for the attack is not clear but a witness told Právo that the perpetrator had referred to Mr. Řeřich’s position.
Nine out of 10 people in Prague say that they feel safe, suggests a survey
carried out by the agency Ipsos Public Affairs. In some parts of the city,
as many as 98 percent of respondents said they had a feeling of safety.
Under 30s were the population group who considered themselves most in danger, according to the results of the study, in which over 1,100 Prague residents and 100 tourists were interviewed.
Respondents identified drug-related issues, vandalism and street crime as the city’s biggest problems.
The Chamber of Deputies judiciary subcommittee says the independence of the
Supreme Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court was not
endangered by communications with the president, Miloš Zeman, and his
chancellor, Vratislav Mynář. Chairman Pavel Blažek said this position
had been reached unanimously by the subcommittee. It also recommended that
judges report any attempts to sway their rulings to the chairs of their
Mr. Zeman and his right hand man have been accused in recent weeks of seeking to influence court decisions. Mr. Mynář, who appeared before the judiciary subcommittee last week, denies any wrongdoing.
The crime rate in the Czech Republic declined by 4.9 percent in 2018,
according to police figures released on Tuesday. It was the fifth year in a
row that the number of reported crimes was down.
Just over half of the crimes reported last year involved property. Some 116 murders were registered, 30 fewer than in 2017. The police said they had managed to clear up 54.9 percent of all the crimes they dealt with.
The Czech Union of Judges is preparing to upgrade its ethical codex in
connection with suspicions that President Miloš Zeman had tried to
influence the outcome of court rulings in cases that involved the Office of
the President or that he felt strongly about.
It has emerged that the president’ s chancellor met with judges on a number of occasions to inform them about the president’s stance on a given court case.
The president of the Constitutional Court, Pavel Rychetský, stressed in connection with the scandal that he trusted the independence of Czech courts and the said meetings did not automatically mean that judges were influenced by them.
On the other hand, Rychetský said the matter was serious in that such incidents inevitably undermined public trust in the judiciary.
If President Miloš Zeman suggested he would name a judge chief justice of the Constitutional Court in exchange for making certain judicial decisions, he “may have committed a crime” or been planning one. So says Minister of Justice Jan Kněžínek. While the jury is still out, so to speak, a complaint has already been filed against the president’s chancellor.
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