Prague police have detained a 38-year-old man suspected of raping and
robbing a 56-year-tourist on Christmas Day.
The man had approached the woman in the Palmovka district early on December 25 with an offer to help her find the bus to her hotel. When crossing through a park, he forced her at knifepoint to perform oral sex.
Police had circulated a CCTV image of the suspect, who was apprehended in Prague 8 thanks to an anonymous caller. They say he has previously been convicted of a violent crime.
This year’s Woman in Youth Activism Award for strengthening the voice of young women in Europe went to Czech activist Johanna Nejedlová. The 28-year-old Czech is the co-founder of Konsent, which focuses on preventing sexual violence and creating a safer environment for women. She beat the world-famous Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who was shortlisted in the same category.
The Czech Bishops’ Conference has filed a criminal complaint against
unknown individuals over possible sexual abuse within the church, a legal
representative of the Roman Catholic organisation, Ronald Němec, said on
The Catholic Church has been trying without success to uncover individuals accused of sexual abuse, Mr. Němec said. However, claims have been made by a number of sources cited in the media so the church hierarchy decided last month to turn the matter over to the criminal authorities, he said.
Speaking on Sunday, the head of the church, Cardinal Dominik Duka, said that unless those making allegations of sexual abuse informed the church of the identity if the culprits it would not be able to take action.
Polish police have interrogated a Czech Catholic priest who is suspected of
paedophilia after arranging to meet with a minor in a hotel in Katowice.
The “young man “ he communicated with on the Internet claimed to be 15 and handicapped, but was in actual fact a Polish activist monitoring paedophile networks.
The priest was arrested by the police as he arrived at the hotel room for the set meeting. He admitted to having planned sex with the young man, but rejected the suspicion of paedophilia. He has resigned from all his functions in the Church.
The police is investigating the highest number of rapes in ten years, Czech
Radio reported. 525 rapes were reported in the first eight months of this
year which is a record number.
Experts say that thanks to the work of NGOs and the #MeToo campaign the stigma surrounding rape is gradually disappearing and more women have the courage to speak out.
Even so NGOs say that only a fraction of rapes gets reported in the Czech Republic, an estimated one in ten.
Cardinal Dominik Duka is facing a criminal investigation, after being accused of covering up a case of sexual abuse in the Dominican Order. The victim, who remains anonymous, told the news site seznam.cz earlier this week that he reported the abuse to Mr.Duka but the cardinal had failed to take action against it.
The Constitutional Court plans to review the rape conviction of a tantra
sex and yoga practitioner Jaroslav Dobeš, also known as ‘Guru Jára’,
the Czech News Agency reports.
Dobeš had fled in 2015 to the Philippines to avoid serving a 10-year sentence for rape. He was arrested there along with his associate Barbora Plašková, who was also sentenced.
While on the face of it ‘Guru Jára’ promised lessons in yoga, tantra and Eastern philosophy, in practice his female pupils were pressured into taking part in ritualised sex with him.
Dobeš and Plášková were originally sentenced by the Regional Court for six cases of rape. Both remain in immigration detention facilities in the Philippines.
In a wide-ranging interview at the start of Holy Week, leading up to Easter, the Roman Catholic priest Tomáš Petráček – a leading church and social historian – talks about the pagan, Slavic, communist and Hapsburg influences on the position of the church in Czech society over the centuries, and why, in his mind, painting eggs and pre-Christian fertility rites have a welcome place at Easter alongside the liturgy.
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 Prague Municipal Court has sentenced three Algerian men for the gang
rape of an Irish tourist and other crimes and banned them from entering the
country for varying periods. The judgment is final, subject only to an
appeal to the Czech Supreme Court.
The victim met one of her attackers, Tajíb Banjittú, early last April and agreed to go back to his room in a tourist hostel in Prague 1. Once there, he and five other men raped her, she told police.
Six suspects, all men in their twenties, were arrested in a police raid at the hostel and later appeared in court, where they pleading innocent. Three were acquitted.
Tajíb Banjittú was sentenced to 6 years in prison and expelled from the Czech Republic indefinitely. Muhammad Habib Uld Ajsu, who was convicted of possessing narcotics and psychotropic substances, got 4.5 years and was expelled for 10 years. Zakariah Uld Ajsa was sentenced to 3 years in prison and expelled for 10 years.