Czech diplomats have negotiated the release of two workers for a German non-governmental organization who were being held in Syria. The two men, one of whom is a German national, were handed over to Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamáček in Damascus and flown to Prague where they were met by representatives of their respective embassies.
The charges against two Dutch nationals who brutally attacked a waiter in
Prague in April of this year have been upgraded to attempted murder, the
daily Pravo reported on Tuesday.
The two men were originally charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm, but medical experts assessing the case said the prolonged brutality of the assault had been life-threatening.
If convicted the men could face up to 18 years in jail. They remain in custody.
A Czech man sentenced to 28 years in prison for murdering his wife and
daughter while on holiday in Egypt has asked for a review of the court
decision, according to independent association Šalamoun, which
investigates possible miscarriages of justice.
Petr Kramný was found guilty in 2016 of intentionally electrocuting his 36-year-old wife and 8-year-old daughter during their 2013 holiday in the Hurghada resort. Kramný maintains that his family had all suffered severe food poisoning and only he survived.
The number of reported crimes in Prague has decreased every year since
2013, when police recorded 82,005 crimes. Last year, 50,726 crimes were
reported, a drop of 38 per cent from four years earlier.
The most significant drop has been in terms of property theft and violent crime, a police spokesperson told state news agency ČTK. The most reported crimes include pickpocketing, especially in high tourist seasons, and car break-ins.
Estimates suggest that at least one-third of thefts were committed by hard-drug addicts, who need about 1,000 crowns per day to support their habits. There were an estimated 16,200 problem users of pervitin (crystal meth) and opiates in Prague last year.
The Turkish Supreme Court this week upheld a six-year prison sentence for two Czechs convicted on charges of terrorism in 2017. The Czech couple Marketa Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas, humanitarian workers who vehemently denied the accusations that they had assisted the Kurdish militia YPG, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization, have thus exhausted all the legal possibilities of appeal in Turkey. I spoke to their close friend Janusz Konieczny to find out what conditions they are being held in and how they feel about this latest
Dozens of Czech families who made payments on new apartments in the 1990s found themselves high and dry when the building firm involved collapsed. Now they have been ordered to evacuate their homes forthwith after losing a long-running legal battle, a verdict that has come in for broad condemnation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced last week that the Czech consulate in Hanoi has stopped accepting applications from Vietnamese nationals for both long-term resident permits and visas, citing incapacity to handle the backlog of requests – but most of all, security risks, in the form of “exported” organised crime.
Three police officers in Ostrava who had their photos taken with the
convicted murderer Jiří Kajínek have been punished. However, the police
do not reveal the specific sanctions involved in such disciplinary cases.
In spring the policemen’s superiors condemned the three, saying their
action had threatened the honour of the profession.
The three posted on social media pictures of themselves with Kajínek, who has become something of a celebrity with a certain segment of the Czech population since being pardoned by President Miloš Zeman.
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Czech soldiers serving in Afghanistan killed by suicide bomber
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Precious Renaissance shield looted by Nazis to return to Czech Republic from US