A shot was fired on the plane of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who
was returning from a visit to Brussels on Tuesday, Czech Television
reported. The bullet came from the service pistol of a member of a police
team guarding Mr. Babiš and the incident occurred while the aircraft was
on the ground.
The matter is now being dealt with by the security service’s inspectorate, which investigates alleged police misconduct. A spokesperson for the agency said the gun had probably been fired accidentally.
Security officers must hand over weapons to the captain before a plane takes off and are required to prove that they are not loaded by pulling the trigger on an empty chamber. However, the officer in question had neglected to ensure there were no bullets in his gun beforehand, iDnes.cz reported.
Two men accused of a physical attack on MP Dominik Feri could face up to
three years in prison. Police suspect the pair, who are father and son, of
attempted bodily harm and disorderly conduct. The incident took place at a
wine-tasting event in Moravia last month.
News website iRozhlas.cz reported on Tuesday that the state attorney’s office had ordered the police to carry out a fast-track investigation of the incident.
A friend of Mr. Feri’s has accused one of the alleged attackers of using a racial epithet. However, prosecutors do not perceive a racial element to the case.
Sculptor Petr Váňa on Wednesday attempted to start rebuilding a Marian
column that stood on Prague’s Old Town Square until 1918. Mr. Váňa said
that he had planning permission for the column. However, he did not have
the required permit to close off the part of the square in question and was
stopped by the police after having removed seven square metres of
cobblestones to make way for the new structure.
The original Marian column was regarded by some as a symbol of Austrian rule and was torn down by protestors shortly after Czechoslovakia was founded.
A major security trade fair has got underway in Brno. Over 500 firms from
35 countries are taking part in the International Defence and Security
Technologies Fair (IDET). The opening of the event was attended by Czech
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar, as well
as the chief of the general staff of the Czech Army, Aleš Opata.
IDET runs until Friday. Taking place alongside it are the related trade fairs PYROS, which is focused on fire-fighting technology, and ISET, which is dedicated to security technology and services.
One of the four top jobs in the European Union should go to somebody from
Central Europe, the Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček,
said at the Prague European Summit on Wednesday. Following the weekend’s
elections to the European Parliament debate has begun on who should take
the roles of president of the European Commission, president of the
European Council, high representative for foreign and security policy and
president of the European Parliament.
Mr. Petříček said he sensed a positive mood as regards Central European states’ expectations being met in this regard.
The Czech foreign policy chief also told delegates at the conference that there were too many disputes between Central European and Western European EU members, saying that while the two parts had differences they had more in common.
The Czech football goalkeeper Petr Čech is preparing to make the last
appearance of his career on Wednesday night. The 37-year-old will line up
for Arsenal against his former club Chelsea in the final of the European
club competition the Europa League in Baku.
Čech holds the record for number of international caps with the Czech Republic and collected a large number of trophies as well as goalkeeping records during a very successful period at Chelsea.
People in towns and cities around the Czech Republic rallied in protest against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his appointment of Marie Benešová as justice minister on Tuesday evening. The biggest protest, which took place in Brno, attracted an estimated 3,000 people. The organisers, Million Moments for Democracy, are calling for the removal of the newly appointed justice minister, who they fear was installed to meddle in a criminal case against the prime minister linked to the alleged abuse of EU subsidies. They are planning to hold further demonstration in Prague in a week’s time unless their demands are met.
President Miloš Zeman has not accepted the resignation of Culture Minister
Antonín Staněk, the president’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, said in a
press release on Tuesday. The president expressed the view that Mr Staněk
should not be punished for revealing serious economic malpractice at the
Ministry of Culture.
Mr Staněk announced his resignation last Wednesday following pressure from the Czech cultural scene and his own party. He stated publicly that the decision was not made of his own accord, but at the request of Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček.
Mr. Hamáček has now asked Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to dismiss Culture Minister Antonín Staněk; a decision that the president would have to respect. Staněk is to be replaced by fellow party member Michal Šmarda.
Some 114,000 people in the Czech Republic filed for personal bankruptcy
last year, according to a map focused on the issue, produced by the newly
established Institute for Debt Prevention and Resolution.
The highest number of bankruptcies was filed in the region of Ustí nad Labem, while the lowest number of cases was recorded in Prague.
An amendment to the Law on Insolvency, which comes into effect in June, should make the debt relief process easier. According to experts, the number of personal bankruptcies is expected to further increase in the future.