Justice Minister Marie Benešová on Wednesday rejected calls to launch disciplinary proceedings against state attorney Ivo Ištván who is in charge of the Nečas case. Following the Supreme Court’s breakthrough ruling in the case, the former prime minister said proceedings against the state attorney should start immediately. Ms Benešová said she would consult Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman before taking a stand on the issue.
President Miloš Zeman will next week hold talks with political parties represented in the lower house in an attempt to win their support for the interim cabinet. The caretaker government of Jiří Rusnok, appointed by the president last week, is bound to seek approval in the Chamber of Deputies in the coming weeks. However, most parties say they would not support the cabinet in a vote of confidence.
The trial of influential businessman Roman Janoušek continues in Prague on Wednesday with the court set to hear more witnesses as well as psychology experts. Mr Janoušek is not attending the second day of the proceedings for health reasons. He faces charges of attempted murder related to a hit-and-run incident from last spring. If convicted, he could spend up to 18 years in jail.
Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman on Wednesday denied reports of a massive debt incurred by his family firm, Agrotrade. The weekly Respekt reported that the firm got hundreds of millions of crowns in credit from banks, and later transferred its assets to another company, leaving Agrotrade some 600 million crowns in the red. However, Mr Toman said he was stationed abroad at that time, and never served on the company’s board. The firm said it would sue the magazine for an apology and damages.
A 63-year-old man died of methanol poisoning in a hospital in Kladno on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the hospital has said. The man was admitted to hospital after he collapsed on Friday. The police believe the man probably became another victim of the methanol crisis which hit the Czech Republic last year when over 40 died after drinking tainted liquor.
A man in Slavkov, in southern Moravia, faces eight years in prison for collecting endangered insects, a spokeswoman for the country’s environmental inspection agency said on Wednesday. The man allegedly imported over 430 rare beetles and butterflies from Armenia, Greece, China, Solomon Islands, and other countries, or had them sent in from abroad. He also offered some of them for sale, according to the authorities.
A monument marking a synagogue destroyed during the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938 was unveiled in the north-eastern city of Opava on Wednesday. The object consists of two blocks of red granite, the colour of the synagogue’s façade, the author of the monument said. The Opava synagogue, built in the late 1800s, was set on fire by the Nazis during the so-called Night of Broken Glass when over 1,000 Jewish temples were burnt in Nazi-controlled European territories.
A bronze statue representing a soldier of the Red Army returned to Brno’s central Moravské náměstí square on Wednesday, after months of renovation. The statue, erected in 1955 in homage to Soviet troops which liberated the city at the end of WWII, caused controversy in 1993 when communist symbols along with Stalin’s military order were removed from the pedestal.
A crop duster plane crashed into a fire pond near Žlunice, in eastern Bohemia, on Wednesday, the local fire brigade said. The pilot, who was rescued from the cabin, suffered serious injuries in the accident and was airlifted to hospital. The accident is under investigation; several witnesses said they heard a loud bang before the crash.
Czech university athletes won three gold, six silver and seven bronze medals at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, to finish 21st in the nations’ medal count. The Czechs won two competitions in judo and one in shooting. The host nation, Russia finished first with 155 gold medals, followed by China and Japan.