When Andrej Babiš’s government published its manifesto in June 2018, it vowed to come up with new measures to combat corruption, including laws protecting whistleblowers and the regulation of lobbying. However, some of the country’s leading anti-corruption NGOs say the ANO-led government have been slow to deliver on those promises.
The police will file charges against the twenty-eight year-old man who held
nine hostages at gunpoint in a branch of the Unicredit bank in Příbram on
Friday. He was disarmed by members of a rapid deployment force and arrested
several hours later.
The man reportedly wanted to draw attention to his personal problems and had no intention of robbing the bank. If convicted he could face a sentence of between five and twelve years in prison.
The police have filed criminal charges against the so-called ‘king of
tantra’, massage therapist Richard Vojík. Investigators say he allegedly
sexually abused clients over a number of years, the daily Právo reports.
Several women who attended his massage and intimacy courses described Vojík as a sexual predator who initiated unwanted contact for his own pleasure.
At least two women characterised it as rape, including one who said he had unprotected intercourse with her after she was drugged, according to Právo.
The General Police Inspectorate has charged a police officer from the
Regional Directorate in Prague and two other individuals with illegal
wildlife trade, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday.
The suspects allegedly attempted to sell the horn of a critically
endangered rhino on the Asian market, which could have brought them over
two million crowns. If found guilty, they would face up to five years in
The sale and purchase of rhino horns has been banned worldwide since 1977 within measures to protect the endangered species. The horn powder is sought after mainly in Asia, where traditional medicine lends it therapeutic and aphrodisiac powers.
The National Centre for Combatting Organized Crime issued its annual report on Wednesday highlighting potential security risks to the country. It reported a growing number of sham marriages, particularly with citizens of Turkey, and warned of “uncontrolled numbers of people practicing Islam entering the country”.
The Czech Republic has one of the highest rates of prisoners per capita in
Europe, according to a comparative study conducted by the Council of
In 2015 the Czech Republic had 198 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, which is 6 percent more than in 2005.
The number ranks the Czech Republic 11th on a list of 49 countries monitored.
The overall number of prisoners has grown by 10 percent in the last decade. The number of jailed women is up by 48 percent.
Justice Minister Jan Knezinek defended the prime minister in connection
with the leaked EC report on Monday, saying that that a general analysis of
EU legislation concerning subsidies suggested that a trust fund was a
sufficient guarantee of a politician’s impartiality and Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš had acted fully in accordance with Czech laws.
He said Czech lawyers asked to assess the case had not found any breach of
The prime minister met with the justice minister, the minister for regional development and the finance minister early on Monday to consult the case from a legal perspective.
Interior Minister Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats told journalists on
Monday that the country’s new police president, Jan Švejdar, would
guarantee an independent investigation into the Stork’s Nest affair in
which the prime minister is suspected of EU subsidy fraud.
He described Švejdar, who served as head of the Pardubice regional police force, as a man of integrity and a highly capable professional.
Jan Švejdar, who officially took up his post on Monday, said his immediate priorities in office would be drug-related crime and improving the safety on Czech roads.
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