Police arrested 28 fans of the Banik Ostrava football club following a riot
after the team lost an away match against Sparta Praha by a score of 0:2 on
The visiting fans attacked local supporters, firefighters and police officers. At least one victim has been hospitalised.
Of those arrested 19 could be charged for disturbing the peace while seven may face charges for instigating a riot.
The Czech Republic’s first open prison, which went into operation nearly two years ago, is reporting a record-low reoffending rate. So far, some 92 prisoners have served their time in the minimum-security facility and only three of them have returned behind bars. The reoffending rate at the country’s regular prisons reaches 70 percent.
The police force and the army are the most trusted institutions in the
Czech Republic, according to a poll conducted by the STEM agency.
The police force enjoys the trust of 72 percent of Czechs, the highest trust-rate in 22years, while the army has a 75 percent trust rating.
Trust in the police force has steadily grown since the fall of communism when it underwent reform and started projecting a new image.
In 1997 the police had a 25 percent trust rating, last year it was 65 percent. Trust in NATO has also seen a rise and is now at 60 percent.
Czech President Miloš Zeman offered his condolences to his US counterpart
Donald Trump on Monday, following two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this
weekend which left 29 people dead and at least 50 injured.
The Czech head of state called the attacks “brutal killings, which are nothing less than mass murder.”
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček has also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and injured. According to the Czech Foreign Ministry, there are no Czechs among the victims of the shootings.
Police are monitoring a techno party in Čížkov, near the west Bohemian
town of Pilsen, this weekend. Some 2,000 people are attending the event,
which got underway on Friday night. Police have been dealing only with
minor offences related to transportation and drug abuse, police spokeswoman
told the Czech News Agency on Saturday.
This Saturday marks 15 years since an infamous police crack-down on a huge illegal techno music festival, known as Czechtek, which had spilled over onto private property. The intervention left dozens of people injured on both sides.
The Czech police unit charged with combatting organised crime (NCOZ) has
released its annual report outlining developments in the sector. Among
other things, it points to a rise in cybercrime and tax fraud using bogus
‘chains of companies’.
Reported incidences of cybercrime increased by 1,161 to 6,815 last year it said. Most related to bogus online shops and ‘phishing’ attacks, where sites extract and exploit users’ data and accounts. It also noted a slight increase in the spread of extortionate ‘ransomware’.
The NCOZ report noted high levels of tax evasion and fraud among Vietnamese and Chinese businesses, which it said often use “chains of companies” to mask transactions. It said there had also been a rise in such financial crime by Slovak-owned entities, particularly among employment agencies.
It further noted an increase in confiscated forgeries of ID cards and papers especially from Romania, Poland and Lithuania. The illegal employment of foreigners in the Czech Republic brings with it organised criminal gangs, the report said, noting Ukrainians represent the largest number of foreigners here illegally.
The Constitutional Court plans to review the rape conviction of a tantra
sex and yoga practitioner Jaroslav Dobeš, also known as ‘Guru Jára’,
the Czech News Agency reports.
Dobeš had fled in 2015 to the Philippines to avoid serving a 10-year sentence for rape. He was arrested there along with his associate Barbora Plašková, who was also sentenced.
While on the face of it ‘Guru Jára’ promised lessons in yoga, tantra and Eastern philosophy, in practice his female pupils were pressured into taking part in ritualised sex with him.
Dobeš and Plášková were originally sentenced by the Regional Court for six cases of rape. Both remain in immigration detention facilities in the Philippines.
Charges have been filed against a Prague prosecutor for allegedly taking
bribes in 2013 from a former judge, who is now in prison on corruption
charges, Czech TV reports.
The prosecutor, Pavel Suchánek, was acquitted in October on charges that he took a bribe from Ondřej Havlín, a judge who earlier served as an ambassador to Croatia and later Bulgaria.
Six others prosecutors had faced charges in 2013. Only one was sentenced.
Police raided a large-scale illegal cigarette factory in the Liberec region
at the weekend and detained a foreign national allegedly running it on
charges of tax evasion.
A spokesman for a special police unit for fighting organized crime (NCOZ) said agents had seized nine tons of raw tobacco in addition to equipment.
The accused planned to import machinery and several tons of raw tobacco to expand the illegal cigarette production line, NCOZ spokesman Jaroslav Ibehej said.
Young Czechs remain at the top of the European ladder in the use of soft or party drugs, with marihuana being the most commonly used substance. However it is the illegal production of methamphetamine that remains the most pressing problem in fight against drug abuse, both for the Czech Republic and neighbour states.
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