President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed a law under which accused felons could have received legal immunity in return for their testimony in serious criminal cases. Mr Klaus refused to sign the bill on the grounds that it had been previously rejected by the Senate; he said the consent of both houses of parliament was necessary for such an important piece of legislation. It will now be returned to the Chamber of Deputies.
A techno music festival entitled ParoubTek intended as a protest against the police's break-up of a previous festival, CzechTek, has not attracted large crowds. On Saturday evening around 500 dancers were reported to be at the event, which is being held at the same venue in west Bohemia as CzechTek.
Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek has said the Czech Republic would like to fill one of the non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council in the years 2008 and 2009. Mr Paroubek was speaking in New York as the UN's annual General Assembly got underway; he said the Czech Republic could be awarded the place thanks to its participation in UN peace missions and its Democracy Fund, and the country's active role in defending human rights and the fight against international terrorism. He rejected suggestions membership of the Security Council would be too expensive for the Czech Republic.
A plaque has been unveiled in Slavkov, south Moravia, on the site of the famous Battle of the Three Emperors, which took place in 1805. The venue, known internationally as Austerlitz, was the scene of Napoleon Bonaparte's most famous victory, when he destroyed the armies of Russia and Austria, despite having fewer soldiers.
The Czech police and Foreign Ministry continue in their efforts to try and secure the extradition of Czech billionaire Radovan Krejcir from the Seychelles. Krejcir, who escaped to the Seychelles in June is wanted for extensive fraud, conspiracy to murder, illegal arms possession and tax evasion. The Seychelles and the Czech Republic do not have an extradition treaty, but at the request of the Czech police and Interpol the local authorities say they have taken steps to ensure that Krejcir does not leave the islands.
The police say they have identified the man who shot a television technician in a Prague park this week. According to investigators the offender is an aggressive drug addict who had been previously been sentenced for acts of violence. The offender is believed to have been under the influence of drugs and was threatening a young woman in the park with a gun when the television technician came to her assistance. The offender turned on him and fired two shots without warning. The technician died that night after undergoing extensive surgery. Police have launched a nation wide search for the murder suspect.
Some 1,000 young people are expected to attend another techno party in west Bohemia at the weekend. The rave is taking place on the exact same spot where the police cracked down on a techno party earlier this summer. Its organizers say they have rented the respective plot of land from Friday until Tuesday and want to continue with the party that was broken up by the police. The event has been named ParoubTek after Prime Minister Paroubek whom they hold responsible for the police crack-down. The police are monitoring the situation.
Doctors in Prague's Motol hospital will perform surgery on another group of Iraqi children who have serious heart defects and could not be helped in their homeland. The small patients were selected by Czech doctors working in a field hospital in Basra. A total of twenty six critically ill Iraqi children have so far undergone surgery in the Czech Republic. The latest group will arrive in Prague accompanied by two Iraqi doctors who will attend a three months training course in this country. Motol hospital has agreed to train a number of Iraqi doctors so that they can set up a specialized cardio unit in the own country.