An internal police investigation has revealed that the former head of the anti-corruption unit, Tomáš Martinec, violated protocol when he showed Prague High State Attorney Lenka Bradáčová evidence compiled against her estranged husband. In mid-April, Ms Bradáčová asked the police president, Martin Červíček, to investigate possible leaks from the anti-corruption unit to the media and later told a source that she believed Mr Martinec was preparing a smear campaign against her. The unit director denied any wrongdoing, but resigned from his post in late April. Following the result of the initial investigation, disciplinary proceedings were initiated on Wednesday, although the police president stressed that there was no evidence that Mr Martinec had committed a crime.
London football club Chelsea, with star goalkeeper Petr Čech, have clinched back-to-back European titles (last year triumphing in the Champions League and this year the Europa League). On Thursday night, Chelsea got the jump on Benfica on the hour on a Fernando Torres breakaway, although Benfica’s Cardozo soon tied the game on a penalty. Later in the match, Cardozo struck a perfect volley that was only just cleared by Čech, while at the opposite end Lampard shot from 25 metres and hit the woodwork. The winner for Chelsea came from Branislav Ivanovič just before the final whistle. Even so, with five or ten seconds remaining Benfica’s Cardozo had an opportunity to equalise but the ball was kicked away by Gary Cahill in a scramble in front of Čech.
The Czech Republic lost to the Swiss 2:1, in an emotional quarterfinal match at the Hockey World Championship in Sweden. The Swiss got in their first goal within the first seven minutes of the match thanks to the Czech defenseman Marek Židlický, who ricocheted the puck, after the goalkeeper’s successful save, off of his shin and into the net. The Swiss surged ahead with a second goal in the next period. In the thir perio, the Czechs used the first power play to their advantage, when Zdeňek Kutlák, who used to play for the Swiss team Ambri-Piotta, scored the team’s first and only goal. Despite the pressure the Czechs put on their opponents in the last 10 minutes of the match, they were unable to turn the game around. The Czechs lost their chance at a medal this year, making this the first time they will be heading home without a world cup title since 2009.
Twelve refugees from Chechnya were discovered by the Czech police travelling in a van near Rozvadov in western Bohemia. Members of the group, which included six children, had applied for asylum in Poland, and according to the Dublin Convention were meant to remain there until a decision was made about their applications. The Russian citizens told the Czech police that they were travelling to Germany. Since they have no legal status in other EU states besides the country of entry, the Czech authorities have asked their Polish colleagues to take the group into their custody.
The new head of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes Pavla Foglarova has presented the supervisory board with a list of candidates for the institutes’ academic board after its former members resigned en masse in protest over the sacking of the institute’s former head Daniel Herman. The new academic board should have 12 members and the proposed candidates include the former politician and historian Petr Pithart, historian Vilem Precan, the present director of the Institute of Modern History Oldrich Tuma and number of foreign experts including the French historian Muriel Blaive, who currently resides in Vienna, and the Danish historian Peter Bugge, an expert on Bohemian studies. The institute has recently undergone far-reaching personnel changes and relations within remain tense.
President Miloš Zeman has selected three more nominees for Constitutional Court judges to replace those whose term in office expires later this year. They are Supreme Administrative Court judge Katerina Šimáčková, current Constitutional Court judge Miloslav Výborný who would be nominated for re-election and Supreme Court judge Ludvík David. Mr. Zeman met with all three candidates on Tuesday and will now propose their nominations to the Senate. The president appointed three new judges to the Constitutional Court in early May and the 15-member body is now complete, but the mandates of seven more judges are due to expire this year.
Maintenance work has started on the main runway at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport. From mid-May until the end of September the airport will have to rely on alternate runways. This is the second stage of a three phase-reconstruction due to end in 2014. The airport says it has carefully planned the use of the alternate runaways in order to protect people living in the vicinity of the airport from excessive noise pollution as much as possible. The matter is also being consulted with experts on noise pollution.
The lower house of Parliament has approved an amendment to the road law which should allow drivers to select the numbers on their license plates as of 2015. The special service will come at a price with one license plate to cost 5,000 crowns. The cost per car will thus be 10,000 crowns. The proposed amendment should also simplify the process of registering vehicles. The bill will now go to the Senate.
The Czech economy is in record-long recession, having contracted for the sixth quarter in a row, according to figures posted by the Czech Statistical Office on Wednesday. The economy shrank by 0.8 percent in the first quarter due to a fall in foreign demand affecting mainly the car sector. Lower investment activity also led to a further drop in construction. According to the Czech Statistical Office the year on year decline has deepened to 1.9 percent. The crown slumped to its weakest level since November 2011 on the news.
The League Against Cancer held its annual Flower Day in the Czech capital on Wednesday to help raise money for cancer research and raise public awareness of the need for prevention. The money raised is used to support the league’s projects, which are focused on the prevention of tumor-related illnesses, improving the quality of life of cancer patients and acquiring new technology for treatment and research departments.
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