Police in South Africa have arrested the Czech fugitive Radovan Krejčíř on suspicion of attempted murder and kidnapping. At a news conference on Saturday, the head of the country’s police force said they would not reveal where Mr. Krejčíř, who will be arraigned in court on Monday, was being held. Mr. Krejčíř has been found guilty of tax evasion and embezzlement in the Czech Republic and fled the country after escaping during a police search of his home. He has been linked to a number of serious crimes in South Africa in the last six years and has been arrested several times.
Despite the fact he will turn 42 during the Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi in February, the ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr says he does not rule out also representing the Czech Republic in the following Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. Jágr told the Star-Ledger newspaper that people had laughed when he said he would play at the World Championships in Prague in 2015, but that was now just a year away. The Kladno-born legend has just scored his 690th NHL goal, tying with the great Mario Lemieux on the league’s all-time scoring list.
The minister of labour of social affairs in the interim government in resignation, František Koníček, has filed four criminal complaints in connection with projects implemented by his predecessors, Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Saturday. Three of the projects involved Jaromír Drábek, who was minister from July 2010 to October last year, and his then deputy Vladimír Šiška, the newspaper said. One of the complaints concerns a contract to supply IT systems for social welfare payments, which was allegedly agreed without a public tender. Mr. Šiška already faced different charges over a disputed CZK 1 billion deal for a system intended to increase the efficiency of social welfare payments.
Daytime temperatures in the next four weeks should hover around 0 degrees Celsius, which is normal for the time of year, the Czech Hyrdro-Meteorological Institute said in a monthly forecast issued on Saturday. However, the next week should see above average temperatures around 3 degrees Celsius, the forecasters said, adding that rainfall would also be relatively low.
The oldest woman in the Czech Republic, Greek-born Evangelia Čarasová, died on Friday at the age of 109. She had been living in Osoblažsko in the very east of the country for over six decades. Born in February 1904, she was one of over 10,000 Greeks who were admitted to Czechoslovakia after fleeing the civil war in Greece at the end of the 1940s. Though she understood Czech, she only spoke Greek.
The Social Democrats and ANO have agreed on two key positions as part of ongoing talks on forming a coalition government with the Christian Democrats. After a meeting at Průhonice near Prague on Saturday, negotiators said ANO would fill the post of minister of finance, while the Social Democrats would get the position of speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. The chairman of the Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, says Jan Hamáček is in the frame for the latter post, though ANO have not indicated who their choice is for finance minister. Party leaders said they had also made headway on the divisive issue of taxation. The Social Democrats got 20.45 percent of the vote in elections four weeks ago, with ANO coming second on 18.65 percent.
Former Czech national team manager Karel Brückner has turned down the chance of taking the helm at the club Viktoria Plzeň. Brückner who recently turned 74 led a Czech team featuring the likes of Pavel Nedved and Karel Poborsky to the semi-finals of Euro 2004 but has not worked since 2009. Plzeň offered him the job following the news that Pavel Vrba, who has led the club to unprecedented success, will become national team boss in January.
The Social Democrats under Bohuslav Sobotka who is leading talks on trying to form a new government, will rely on deputy chairwoman Alena Gajdušková to lead a work group examining possible changes to the country’s Church restitution law. Other members will be named over the next few days. The Social Democrats would like to revise legislation overseeing the return of property and reparations to church groups. The party would also like to see historic property at Prague Castle to be excluded. But the party faces tough negotiations not only with potential coalition partners, the Christian Democrats, but also representatives of the Church who reached agreement with the former Nečas government.
The police in Zlín have concluded an investigation into a methanol poisoning case dating back to September 2012. Bootleg liquor containing the deadly chemical methanol claimed the lives of 47 people. Thirty-one suspects in the region have been charged, seven of whom face charges of having endangered the public, a crime which carries a 20-year sentence. The police believe three people were behind the production of bootleg liquor: a man who produced the deadly mix and his accomplice, both of whom were based in central Bohemia, and the main distributor who operated from Zlín. In total, more than 70 people are charged in the case.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr scored the winner in overtime for New Jersey on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings. The final score was 2:1. The winner was Jagr’s 690th career goal, tying him with retired hockey great Mario Lemieux in ninth spot among the league’s top scorers. Jágr, who is 41, has a one-year contract with the Devils.
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