The former Czech minister of justice Robert Pelikán violated the rights of
alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin when he decided to extradite the Russian to
the United States, the Czech Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday.
The judges overturned Mr. Pelikán’s decision following an appeal from Mr. Nikulin, who was handed over to US officials last year.
The Russian was arrested in Prague on an American warrant in 2016. He is accused of hacking major internet firms such as LinkedIn and Dropbox and faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty in the US. He is also wanted on lesser charges in his native country.
Over one-fifth of Czech workers have changed jobs in the last six months,
which is the highest level since 2010, suggests a survey conducted by the
company Randstad and cited by the Czech News Agency. Over a third of
respondents who had switched positions said higher pay had been the key
factor in their decision.
Another fifth of the workforce are actively seeking new jobs, the report found. Seventy-percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their current employment.
A trip President Miloš Zeman plans to make to China at the end of this
month will cost around CZK 8.8 million crowns, the news site Seznam Zprávy
reported, citing information sent from the Office of the President to the
The figure is around CZK 3 million more than the amount spent on the head of state’s last visit to China. The president’s aides have attributed this to the size of a delegation travelling with him and the cost of a large reception at the Czech Embassy in Beijing.
It will be Mr. Zeman’s sixth visit to China since taking office.
Czech breweries produced a record 21.3 million hectoliters of beer last
year, an increase of 4.7 percent on 2017. The main driver of that increase
was a jump in exports, though domestic consumption was also up on the
In 2018 the average Czech drank 141 litres of beer, which was six more litres than in the previous 12-month period, according to figures released on Tuesday by the national brewers’ association.
Companies that are fully state-owned have to respond to requests for
information if nothing precludes them from doing so, according to a ruling
issued by the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. Judges uphold a complaint
against state company OTE, which had said refused to release information,
arguing that it was not required to do so by law, Czech Television
OTE trades in greenhouse gas emission permits and the request had come from the civic association Oživení. It lost a case at the Prague Municipal Court before taking the matter to the country’s highest court.
A former secretary of Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy has
been found guilty of hate speech delivered at a restaurant in the lower
house of the Czech Parliament. The Prague 1 District Court gave Jaroslav
Staník a suspended sentence over the incident, which took place in October
Mr. Staník was heard saying that gay men and lesbians should be shot at birth and that homosexuals, Roma and Jews ought to be gassed.
After Tuesday’s ruling he said that the verdict was aimed at discrediting Freedom and Direct Democracy.
In an interview for Voice Of America (VOA) Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš
Petříček said Czechs view NATO and the EU as cornerstones of peace and
The Czech foreign minister said his country recognizes NATO as an organization “of shared values, as well as an instrument to defend those values.”
He highlighted America’s leading role in NATO, which he said was key to the success of the alliance.
Speaking about present-day threats to NATO the Czech foreign minister said “we’re facing a more assertive Russia, we need to fight international terrorism, and we also need to discuss future relations with China.”
Minister Petříček attended a series of commemorative events in Washington last week marking 70 years since the founding of NATO.
The Czech government will not make its annual contribution to the
maintenance of Czech war graves in Russia this year, Jakub Fajnor from the
Defence Ministry’s press department told the ctk news agency.
Fajnor said the government had so decided because Russia had been neglecting the graves of Czechoslovak legionaries for some time.
The overall amount of money spent on Czech war graves abroad has been raised from four to five million, but it will be divided between other countries maintaining war graves and monuments to Czech war veterans.
Transport Minister Dan Ťok has confirmed that he will be leaving the
cabinet in the coming weeks. The transport minister told the news site
novinky.cz on Monday that he had told the prime minister he wanted out of
the cabinet and out of politics. Mr. Ťok is being blamed for the state of
the country’s permanently congested D1 highway and procrastination in
failing to secure a new operator for the tolling system on Czech highways.
President Miloš Zeman are Prime Minister Andrej Babis are to meet for talks on Wednesday, to discuss the planned cabinet reshuffle.
There has been speculation in the media that aside from Transport Minister Dan Ťok, the reshuffle will also affect Industry and Trade Minister Marta Nováková. Nováková has recently come under fire over an incident when a representative of Taiwan was forced to leave a diplomatic meeting at the Trade Ministry at the request of the Chinese ambassador.