Police in North Bohemia have confirmed that boxes found on the premises of a former factory in the town of Usti nad Labem contain the mortal remains of German soldiers who died during WWII in Bohemia. Police are now investigating how the boxes got there and whether or not the law was broken. The paper Mlada Fronta Dnes first wrote about the case last Friday.
A Social Democrat politician has been kicked out of the party after
being accused of corruption. The local branch of the party in Velke
Mezirici expelled Josef Laznicka just over a week after he and six
other people were arrested on charges of bribe giving and receiving.
The head of the Velke Mezirici Social Democrats said the case could
have harmed the party in general elections due to take place in June.
Mr Laznicka, who worked at the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure, is the second person to have lost his party membership over the affair: last week lobbyist Frantisek Vybiral was expelled by the Olomouc branch.
Speaking on a TV debate programme on Sunday, Prime Minister Paroubek also said the Czech Republic may just have to pay token compensation to Japan's Nomura bank. An international arbitration court ruled that the Czech state had failed to protect Nomura's investment in the Czech bank IPB, and it is now seeking over one and a half billion US dollars in compensation. The actual amount Nomura will receive is to be set by a second arbitration hearing.
Czech troops are to monitor the airport in the Afghan capital Kabul for four months starting in December, the Czech Army chief of staff Pavel Stefka said after a meeting with a senior NATO official. He said a team of 50 Czech soldiers - including de-mining experts and meteorologists - would be in charge of both civilian and military flights in Afghanistan.
The Czech foreign minister, Cyril Svoboda, says it is necessary to
maintain continuous political pressure on Belarus to negotiate with the
country's opposition. Mr Svoboda said Sunday's presidential elections in
Belarus, which President Alexander Lukashenko is widely predicted to win,
were not democratic.
The Czech prime minister, Jiri Paroubek, said he was not enthusiastic about Mr Lukashenko's expected victory, but said it was very much an internal matter for Belarus.
The South Korean company Hyundai is actively looking for high-quality accommodation for its managers, despite the fact a deal to open a huge car plant in north Moravia has not yet been finalised, Pravo reported on Saturday. Industry and Trade Minister Milan Urban says he expects a decision on whether the factory will be built in the Czech Republic to be made in April, several months after originally expected.
Dagmar Havlova, the actress wife of former Czech president Vaclav Havel, made her first stage appearance in almost a decade on Friday evening when she appeared in a production of Moment of Truth by US playwright Israel Horovitz. Critics have described the performance at Prague's Vinohradske Divadlo as a resounding success, while Mr Havel said he was very glad his wife had returned to her profession.