Controversial Czech-born financier Viktor Kozeny, wanted on charges of
fraud in both the Czech Republic and the U.S., has filed against the
Social Democrat government at the European Court of Human Rights in
Strasbourg. Mr Kozeny, who lives in the Bahamas, filed his lawsuit on
the grounds - in his view - that the Social Democratic Party has
violated the Convention of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Kozeny filed the lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights in
Strasbourg on Tuesday.
The Czech Republic is seeking Mr Kozeny's extradition from the Bahamas on the grounds of a 79-year-old treaty between Czechoslovakia and the British Commonwealth. The Czech Republic and the Bahamas do not share any similar diplomatic agreements.
One hundred Czech soldiers serving in Afghanistan under the US-led military operation "Enduring Freedom" are to return home as early as next week. A Czech Defence Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday the soldiers, who have been serving in Afghanistan on a six-month mission, will return to the Czech Republic between September 15th and 20th. Replacement troops are not currently being considered. Much of the contingent is made up of an elite forces unit specially geared towards the fight against terrorism. Under American command, the Czechs participated in efforts to track down armed groups of Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters in the Afghan mountains. The unit's deployment marked the Czechs' first direct involvement in a combat operation since World War II.
The Czech Ministry of Health and the state-owned health insurance company, VZP, have, respectively, offered to provide nearly 200 survivors of the recent terrorist attacks in Beslan, Russia transportation to the Adriatic coast and accommodation there. The Czech government had earlier in the week outlined a plan in which three Czech ministries would coordinate a recuperative stay in the Czech Republic for the traumatised Russian children from Ossetia, with the interior ministry providing the facilities, the foreign ministry covering the finances and the health ministry providing psychological counselling and care.
Interior Minister Frantisek Bublan has said that, contrary to reports in the Czech press, the investigation into whether or not Freedom Union MP Zdenek Koristka was offered a bribe to vote against the government in a confidence will continue and even "intensify." Some Czech media reported on Tuesday that the police investigation would likely be dropped due to a lack of evidence. Mr Koristka alleges that an adviser to Civic Democrat chairman Miroslav Topolanek offered him a bribe of 10 million crowns, the equivalent of about 300,000 euros, to vote against the government coalition of which he is a member.
The Czech-born Euro-MP for the German Green Party, Milan Horacek, opened his office in Prague on Monday. Mr Horacek, who is one of the founders of the German Green Party, says that in his five-year term in the European Parliament he wants to address problems faced by both Czechs and Germans. Among them, he mentioned the Roma holocaust during WWII, trafficking in women and child prostitution. Mr Horacek is also a member of the Czech Green Party.
The Czech President Vaclav Klaus arrived in London on Monday for a two-day visit that will also include talks with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair. On Monday, Mr Klaus had lunch with Prince Andrew, then he met Czech veterans of World War II at Westminster Abbey before heading to a reception with Czechs living in Britain and a dinner in the City financial district. He also met Britain's Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon, during the day, ahead of meetings on Tuesday with Tony Blair, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and the opposition Conservative leader Michael Howard. The visit is the first to Britain for President Klaus since the Czech Republic joined the European Union in May this year.
The Brno Regional court has started hearing the case of 41-year-old Jana Burdova from Znojmo, south Moravia, who is suspected of organising child prostitution in 2000-2003, which involved four girls aged from 7 to 16, including her own daughters. Men from nearby Austria were the girls' most frequent clients. If found guilty, Ms Burdova faces up to 12 years in prison. According to experts, child prostitution is one of the Czech Republic's chief problems in the security area. It occurs mainly in border regions and in Prague. The country has been repeatedly criticised by various foreign institutions in this respect.
The Czech President Vaclav Klaus has warned against the dangers of adopting the euro too soon in an interview for Monday's edition of the Czech daily Mlada Fronta Dnes. Mr Klaus, a former liberal economist and has been labelled a eurosceptic, expressed concern about arrangements for adapting to use of the euro "and their disagreeable effects on the whole economy". The Czech Republic joined the European Union on May 1, but Mr Klaus said that Czechs would not be at a disadvantage if other new EU members adopted the euro first. He said he saw the bigger danger in adopting the euro too soon. According to President Klaus analyses show that those countries among the 15 old EU members that remained outside the euro zone have rather benefited.
Eleven skinheads, who were attending a concert in Prague, were arrested by the police on Saturday night. After being charged with the propagation of fascism and disorderly conduct, ten of them were released. However, one man who attacked a Czech TV cameraman is still in police custody. Some 120 members of the neo-Nazi movement visited the concert of the radical Randall Gruppe band. The event was held at a restaurant named after the Czech singer Karel Hasler, who died in a concentration camp.
Czech tennis players Jiri Novak and Michal Tabara have been knocked out of the third round of the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, the US Open. Novak, the Czech number one, was beaten by sixth seed Andre Agassi of the USA, while Tabara lost to Great Britain's Tim Henman. The only Czech left in the singles competition is Tomas Berdych, the 18-year-old who impressed many with a good run at the Olympic Games. He beat Finland's Tuomas Ketola to set up a third-round meeting with Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.