The Prime Minister has decided to file a lawsuit against Jan Kubice, the head of the police organised crime squad, saying he and his wife Zuzana Paroubkova are outraged at the allegations contained in Mr Kubice's secret report that Mr Paroubek sexually abused the teenage daughter of a family friend. Mr Paroubek and his wife said on Thursday they saw behind the report the effort of the right-of-centre Civic Democratic Party to influence the forthcoming general elections.
Vladimir Smicer has been ruled out of the Czech Republic's squad for the World Cup after failing a fitness test. Doctors found a blood clot in his thigh muscle last week. The Bordeaux midfielder, who has been capped 81 times, is likely to be replaced by Libor Sionko of Glasgow Rangers. The Czechs' opening game in Germany is against the USA on June 12th.
The supreme state attorney, Renata Vesecka, has begun an investigation
into whether the leaking of a secret police report was illegal. The
report, by the head of the organised crime unit Jan Kubice, accuses Prime
Minister Jiri Paroubek and other senior government officials of having
ties with the mafia. The confidential report appeared on the internet
shortly after Mr Kubice presented it to the Chamber of Deputies defence
and security committee on Monday. Police president Vladislav Husak said on
Thursday a four-member group of police specialists would start checking the
content of the confidential report.
Prime Minister Paroubek reacted angrily to the allegations, saying they were politically motivated and designed to damage his Social Democrats ahead of elections this weekend.
The actor Boris Rosner has died at the age of 55. Rosner joined the National Theatre in 1987 and went on to win several prestigious theatre awards in a successful stage career. He also appeared in a number of films, did occasional work for Czech Radio and taught drama students at Prague's AMU faculty.
The import of cheap eggs from Poland and Lithuania is having a disastrous impact on the egg business in the Czech Republic, the Czech poultry farmers union said on Wednesday. Egg production in this country fell by one fifth in 2005; industry figures say if the current situation continues one half of Czech producers could go out of business next year.
President Vaclav Klaus has made a strong attack on Prime Minister Jiri
Paroubek, accusing him of "one-man rule". Speaking in
Wednesday's Mlada fronta Dnes the president said the extent of Mr
Paroubek's power over both the government and his Social Democratic Party
was unprecedented in the post-revolution era. For his part, Mr Paroubek
said the president had broken his pledge to remain above party politics.
The right-wing Civic Democrats, founded by Mr Klaus, are narrowly in front of the Social Democrats in most polls ahead of general elections this weekend.
The Czech Republic's football team beat Costa Rica 1:0 in a friendly in Jablonec on Tuesday evening. The only goal of the game was scored by Vratislav Lokvenc in the 82nd minute; Lokvenc had come on as a substitute for Jan Koller, who started his first international since returning from injury. The Czechs' final warm-up before the World Cup is against Trinidad and Tobago in Prague on Saturday; coach Karel Bruckner has promised to field his strongest team for that game.
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