Czech police have charged a second person for expressing approval of the
terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in March, the
Czech News Agency reported. Martin Bílý from the Supreme State
Attorney’s Office in Prague said both cases were in the preparatory stage
so no further information would be released.
The accused could face up to 15 years in prison and the seizure of their property if found guilty of the online support and promotion of terrorism.
Newspaper Deník N. reported on the first such criminal charges in May. It said at the time that police were investigating another four internet postings linked to the Christchurch attacks, in which an Australian right-wing terrorist killed 51 people.
The Prague 2 District Court has rejected a compensation claim made by
Russian anarchist Igor Shevcov, who was cleared of an arson attack on the
home of then foreign minister Martin Stropnický, Aktuálně.cz reported.
Mr. Shevcov faced additional charges of involvement in the spray painting a
prison wall but was also found innocent on that count.
He was seeking 1.4 million in compensation but the claim was rejected on statute of limitation grounds.
Mr. Shevcov was held in custody for three months after his arrest in 2015. Following his release the Ministry of Justice awarded him CZK 360,000 over the unlawful handling of his case.
The state will have to cover the cost of a two-day postponement of
reconstruction work on the D1 highway between Prague and Brno, the news
site ihned reported, citing the Eurovia construction company working on the
The firm says the cost of withdrawing workers and technology from the given stretch of the highway at short notice last week would cost an additional several million crowns.
The order for the postponement came from the Road and Rail Directorate at the instigation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in order to ease weekend traffic on the badly congested highway.
Critics say it was a purely populist move on the part of the prime minister and one that will cost taxpayers dearly.
Prague 2 has prepared an all-day program marking 600 years since the First
Defenestration of Prague when an angry crowd of Hussites stormed Prague’s
New Town Hall and threw its councillors out of the window. The protest
against the contemporary direction of the Church led to the Hussite Wars
which lasted until 1436.
The program on Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square) where the incident took place includes a medieval market, music, dancing and entertainment leading up to a re-enactment of the defenestration itself at around 5pm.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with the incoming president of the
European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Monday to discuss the
country’s nominee for European commissioner as well as a likely
The Czech prime minister told journalists that he had proposed a second term for the country‘s present representative Věra Jourová, the current commissioner for justice, consumer protection and equality.
He said he hoped that her experience could help get the Czech Republic a stronger portfolio in the European Commission, for instance the internal market portfolio or digitalization.
Although her nomination still needs to be approved by the government ANO’s coalition partner, the Social Democrats, approve of the choice.
President Miloš Zeman has dismissed Culture Minister Antonín Staněk from
his post, effective as of July 31, the president’s spokesman Jiří
Ovčáček informed journalists on Monday. According to Ovčáček the
president thanked Mr. Staněk for his good work and for having unveiled
corruption in the field of culture.
The dismissal comes two months after Prime Minister Babiš officially requested it and the delay has caused a drawn-out crisis in the governing coalition, with the Social Democrats, who are in charge of the culture portfolio, threatening to walk out of the coalition government over the president’s reluctance to act.
The party has already named Michal Šmarda as its nominee for the post, but President Zeman has not so far agreed to make the appointment, saying he would decide on Staněk’s successor in mid-August.
The graffiti which vandals sprayed on one of the support pillars of Charles
Bridge some time ago was removed inexpertly overnight by an unknown person,
according to the National Heritage Institute.
The clean-up job wasn't done by the company selected and nobody has so far claimed responsibility.
Experts started work on the site on Saturday afternoon and when they arrived back the next day they found that someone had removed the graffiti with an unknown substance.
Tests are now underway to determine whether the substance used had damaged the stones of the centuries old monument.
The culprits, two German tourists aged 23 and 30, are to pay fines of CZK 100,000 each plus CZK 40,000 to cover the cost of the damage, according to a Prague 1 District Court ruling. Both have appealed.
Prime Minister Babiš’ ANO party still maintains a strong lead over its
political rivals, but support for the party has been gradually sliding,
according to a poll conducted by the Median agency.
If elections were held today ANO would get 28.5 percent of the vote, down by two percentage points since May, followed by the Pirate Party with 14 percent, and the Civic Democrats with 12.5 percent.
The only other parties which would cross the 5 percent threshold needed to win seats in the lower house of Parliament are the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party, the Social Democrats, the Communists, the Mayors and Independents and the Christian Democrats.
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