The National Centre for Combatting Organized Crime issued its annual report on Wednesday highlighting potential security risks to the country. It reported a growing number of sham marriages, particularly with citizens of Turkey, and warned of “uncontrolled numbers of people practicing Islam entering the country”.
The Czech Republic has one of the highest rates of prisoners per capita in
Europe, according to a comparative study conducted by the Council of
In 2015 the Czech Republic had 198 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, which is 6 percent more than in 2005.
The number ranks the Czech Republic 11th on a list of 49 countries monitored.
The overall number of prisoners has grown by 10 percent in the last decade. The number of jailed women is up by 48 percent.
Justice Minister Jan Knezinek defended the prime minister in connection
with the leaked EC report on Monday, saying that that a general analysis of
EU legislation concerning subsidies suggested that a trust fund was a
sufficient guarantee of a politician’s impartiality and Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš had acted fully in accordance with Czech laws.
He said Czech lawyers asked to assess the case had not found any breach of
The prime minister met with the justice minister, the minister for regional development and the finance minister early on Monday to consult the case from a legal perspective.
Interior Minister Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats told journalists on
Monday that the country’s new police president, Jan Švejdar, would
guarantee an independent investigation into the Stork’s Nest affair in
which the prime minister is suspected of EU subsidy fraud.
He described Švejdar, who served as head of the Pardubice regional police force, as a man of integrity and a highly capable professional.
Jan Švejdar, who officially took up his post on Monday, said his immediate priorities in office would be drug-related crime and improving the safety on Czech roads.
Jan Švejdar is to be the country’s new police president, Interior
Minister Jan Hamáček announced on Friday. Mr. Švejdar, who is head of
the police force in the Pardubice region, was selected by a special
The only other contender for the post was the head of the Usti regional police force Jaromír Kníže. Jan Švejdar will take up his post on December 1st. He said his top priorities in office would be to fight drug trafficking and improve safety on Czech roads.
Higher security measures will be in place in the Czech Republic over
Christmas and the New Year, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček and deputy
police president Martin Vondrášek said at a press conference on Thursday.
The measures, formally in place from December 1 until January 9, will include an increased police presence in streets as well as stepped up protection of airports, shopping malls and other public places. They will also include concrete barriers installed in key public areas, such as the Christmas Market on Prague’s Old Town Square.
A first level security alert has been in place in the Czech Republic since March 2016, but according to Mr Hamáček, there are no indications of an immediate threat of a terrorist attack in the country.
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.
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.
The investigation into the Stork’s Nest affair in which Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is suspected of EU subsidy fraud has taken a new twist. The prime minister’s son Babiš Jr., who lives in Switzerland, told investigative reporters he had been forcibly detained in Crimea by his father’s associates during the time of the investigation so that he would not be called as a witness. The news erupted like a bombshell on the Czech political scene with opposition parties threatening to call a vote of no-confidence in the government.
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