The police have charged two people over the publication of a book of Adolf Hitler’s speeches, a police spokeswoman said on Friday. The accused, one of whom is the book’s publisher, face charges of genocide denial. The book with selected speeches delivered by the Nazi leader between 1939 and 1942 was published in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last year; after several booksellers pulled it off the shelves, it is now only sold on the internet. The publisher said it gave people the chance to form their own opinion.
Every ninth Czech child lives with unmarried parents, according to figures released by the Czech Statistical Office on Friday. The so called factual marriages with children account for 11.2 percent of all Czech families. However, the numbers differ greatly in each region; the highest share of factual marriages with children – around 15 percent – has been registered in Prague and the Karlovy Vary region, the lowest – 8 percent – in the central Vysočina region. Some 44 percent of all factual marriages in the country have children.
The police have arrested a 50-year-old man suspected of robbing four banks in Prague. The man used a different disguise in each of the robberies, posing as a person of a different age each time. The police said he had confessed to the crimes, saying he robbed the banks so that he could pay his large debts. The police did not reveal the amount of money the man stole; he faces ten years in jail.
UK actor and musician Hugh Laurie, who starred in the popular Dr House TV series, will perform with his Copper Bottom Band in the Czech capital on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s show in Prague’s Congress Centre is sold out, and organizers have added another performance. Hugh Laurie is touring to promote his new record Didn’t It Rain which draws on traditional American blues.
Slovan Liberec have reached the next qualifying round of the Europa League, European soccer's second-tier club competition. After a 1:2 home defeat to Skonto Riga last week, Liberec beat the Latvians 1:0 on Thursday night, going through on the away goals rule. Sparta Prague, meanwhile, are finished in Europe for this season; they had drawn 2:2 at home with Sweden's Häcken in their first leg tie but lost 1:0 in Sweden on Thursday night.
Czech swimmer Zdeněk Tlamicha will participate in an international relay swim across the Bering Strait. 40 swimmers from 14 countries will attempt to cross the 86-kilometre wide strait between Cape Dezhnev in Russia and Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, next weekend. They expect to cover the distance in between 40 and 50 hours. No such swim relay has ever crossed the Bering Strait before.
Czech meteorologists have warned against extreme heat that is expected to hit the country over the weekend. Saturday’s highs could reach 35 degrees Celsius while on Sunday, temperatures are expected to rise to 39 degrees. There will be an increased risk of fires; people should maintain a healthy drinking regime, and avoid longer stays in the open particularly around noon, meteorologists said.
The UN Human Rights’ Committee has asked the Czech government to close down a pig farm located on the site of a former Nazi concentration camp for Romanies. The pig farm at Lety, in south Bohemia was built on the site of the camp by the communist regime in the 1970s and has been a source of embarrassment to post 1989-governments. Although the issue has sparked heated controversy the matter has not been resolved on the argument that buying the farm from its present owners and removing or relocating it would be too costly. More than 1,300 Romanies were held prisoner in the camp between 1942 and 1943. Over 300 Romanies died there, others were transported to Nazi extermination camps.
President Miloš Zeman has met with Olomouc High State Attorney Ivo Ištvan to publicly voice support for his crusade against corruption. Mr. Ištvan is supervising the high profile case of alleged spying and corruption that brought down the centre-right government of former prime minister Petr Nečas. Thursday’s meeting between the president and high state attorney came in the wake of an angry statement from the former prime minister who accused state attorneys of “harassing politicians and trying to run the country”. President Zeman assured Mr. Ištan that he had his full support in conducting a thorough and independent investigation into the affair.
The meeting between the president and the Olomouc high state attorney elicited a sharp response from TOP 09 deputy chairman Miroslav Kalousek who said he considered it proof that the high state attorney was not acting impartially and independently. Mr. Kalousek said the meeting clearly indicated a link between the police operation that brought down the centre-right government and the political changes that President Zeman was trying to implement.