The Czech police has arrested 12 foreign citizens and charged them with people smuggling. If convicted, the individuals could face up to 10 years in jail, Jaroslav Ibehej, spokesman for the National Centre for Combating Organised Crime (NCOZ), told the Czech News Agency on Friday. The suspects, all citizens of former Soviet countries, are believed to have belonged to an international group that focused on illegally smuggling migrants from Southeast Asia and providing them with false documents. The police spokesman says the group was destroyed through a combined effort of Czech, Polish, Slovak and Ukrainian police.
Czech leaders have condemned Friday’s attack on two mosques in
Christchurch, New Zealand that claimed 49 lives and left 50 wounded.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš tweeted that he was ‘appalled by the horrendous terrorist attack’ and extended his ‘deepest sympathy to the friends and families of the victims and all people of New Zealand.’
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček also sent condolences, calling the attack ‘repugnant’. He said that he rejects all forms of violence, including that which is aimed at people of another faith.
No Czech citizens are believed to have been killed or wounded in the attack.
In football, Slavia Prague has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Europa
League after knocking out five-time winner Sevilla in front of the home
crowd on Thursday night.
The Czechs came from behind in extra time to win the second leg 4-3 and progress into the quarter-finals with a 6-5 aggregate victory.
Slavia Prague reached this stage of the competition for the first time in 19 years. The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on Friday afternoon.
A promenade in Prague’s Riegrovy Sady is set to be named after the
murdered mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz, spokesman
for Prague City Hall, Vít Hofman, said on Thursday.
The promenade, in one of the city centre’s biggest parks, was chosen following consultations with the Polish ambassador to Prague and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The official name of the promenade still has to be approved by the City Hall council. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 4. Pawel Adamowicz died in January after being stabbed at a charity event.
A total of 1,350 people applied for asylum in the Czech Republic last year,
according to figures released by the European Union’s statistics office
Ukrainians traditionally made the most asylum requests, followed by Cubans and Georgians.
The overall number of people seeking asylum in the European Union dropped by 11 percent year-on-year to 580,000. Most of the asylum seekers came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Czech video gaming industry increased its revenues by 34 percent last
year to three billion crowns, the Czech Game Developers Association
reported on Thursday.
Czech game developers brought out 31 new titles in 2018, mostly for PCs and consoles. One of the most successful ones was a virtual reality gamed called Beat Sabre, released by Czech indie studio Hyperbolic Magnetism.
There are currently around 75 companies developing video games in the Czech Republic, employing some 1500 developers.
The state forestry company Lesy ČR said that around million cubic metres
of timber were damaged by the windstorm Eberhard that swept through Europe
Damaged trees represent around eight percent of the annual quota of felled trees with damages estimated at half a billion crowns.
The biggest calamity in the state-owned forests so far was caused by hurricane Kyrill in 2007, which devastated more than six million cubic metres of timber.
Czech choreographer and former dancer Jiří Kylián was inducted to the
prestigious French Academy of Fine Arts at a ceremony in Paris on
Kylián, who is 71, is only the third Czech to become a member of the Academy since its founding in 1816, along with musician Antonín Rejcha and painter Václav Brožík.
The great Czech choreographer is perhaps best known for his work with the Nederlands Dans Theatre in The Hague. As its artistic director, he created over 50 works for the company.
Czech household debt reached 2.32 trillion crowns in the last quarter of
2018, according to data released by the Banking and Non-banking Credit
Register on Thursday.
Year-on-year, the debt burden increased by 177 billion crowns, or 8.3 percent. To the contrary, high-risk debt, where clients failed to pay off at least three instalments in a row, dropped by 4.5 billion crowns to 34.6 billion crowns.
One of the main factors behind the increasing overall debt burden is attributed to rising house prices.
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