An appeals court has reduced to seven years a prison sentence handed down
to a Czech woman who defrauded a Norwegian man out of 53 million crowns.
They had met on an online portal offering erotic services.
The woman, then 27, had asked her 60-year-old victim for loans for various things, such as to pay for knee surgery, to buy a car and purchase food for her cat, convincing the Norwegian she would pay him back later.
After havving been sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud the woman, Barbora Havířová, immediately filed an appeal.
The decision of the High Court of Appeal in Olomouc reduced her sentence by one year, a spokesperson for the Court of First Instance in Brno said. The judgment is final.
The Czech government has increased the budget for transport infrastructure
next year to CZK 86.3 billion, its press office said on Wednesday morning.
The amount to be spent on construction and renovation of the country’s
road and rail networks will be CZK 14 billion higher than in 2018.
Cabinet members have also given the green light to Strategic Framework 2030, a plan whose objective is described as to improve the quality of life of all inhabitants of the Czech Republic while respecting natural limits.
The Czech Republic’s footballers were beaten 1:0 away by Ukraine on
Tuesday night. Though losing their second game under new coach Jaroslav
Šilhavý, the Czechs won plaudits for their style of play.
The result means Ukraine have won group B1 and the Czechs are now competing with Slovakia to avoid relegation to a lower level of the Nations League; a draw against the Slovaks in Prague next month would secure their place and offer the possibility of a place at Euro 2020.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has criticised the vulgar language used by
President Miloš Zeman in an interview on Czech Radio on Monday. Mr. Babiš
said he understood that the head of state became angry when referring to
the likes of Viktor Kožený, a 1990s financier wanted on an international
arrest warrant, and Zdeněk Bakala, the former owner of mining company OKD.
However, such language was inappropriate, the prime minister said.
The president used one of the strongest Czech expletives in the live interview. Mr. Babiš rarely questions the head of state in public.
Tuesday is the 50th anniversary of the approval by the Czechoslovak
government of the presence of Soviet troops on the country’s territory.
The move followed the invasion of the country in August 1968 by Warsaw Pact
soldiers. Previously Czechoslovakia was the only country in the Eastern
Bloc not to possess Soviet troop bases.
The text of the treaty document was drafted in early October 1968, when senior Czechoslovak Communist Party officials Alexander Dubček, Oldřich Černík and Gustav Husák held talks in Moscow on the conditions of the temporary deployment of allied troops. Russian soldiers finally left Czechoslovakia 23 years later.
President Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš are to take part in
a special Czech Television discussion on the centenary of the foundation of
Czechoslovakia on 28 October, the news website lidovky.cz reported. The two
men will talk about key moments in Czechoslovak history, a spokesperson for
Czech Television said.
The programme will be pre-recorded without an audience at Prague Castle and will be presented by Czech TV journalist Světlana Witowská.
President Miloš Zeman appointed Tomáš Petříček of the Social
Democrats Czech minister of foreign affairs in a ceremony at Prague Castle
on Tuesday morning. Mr. Petříček, who is 37, had formerly been a deputy
The president rejected the Social Democrats’ previous nominee for the post of foreign policy chief, Miroslav Poche, and the party’s interior minister, Jan Hamáček, filled the role for a number of months in a caretaker capacity.
Tomáš Plekanec became the 11th Czech ice hockey player to reach 1,000
games in the NHL when he appeared for Montreal Canadiens in their 7:3 win
over Detroit Red Wings on Monday. The forward garnished the landmark
appearance with his first goal of the season.
Plekanec, who is 35, joined Montreal Canadiens in the 2001 draft and made his NHL debut for the club in the 2005–2006 season.
The Chinese Investment Forum, expected to draw more than 500 guests from 14
countries, gets under way at Prague Castle on Tuesday. Following the
opening ceremony will be a full day of panel discussions featuring
politicians, economists and business executives.
President Miloš Zeman is expected to take part in the gala evening, alongside the chairman of Chinese conglomerate CITIC. The forum cooperates with the so-called 16 + 1 format comprised of Central and Eastern Europe countries and China.
Zeman’ chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, earlier said the forum would be attended by some 250 guests from China, up to 150 guests from CEE countries and roughly 100 guests from the Czech Republic.
After some high-profile failed or lacklustre Chinese investments in the Czech Republic, organisers said they aim to make the forum more business-oriented and result driven.