A former member of the country’s unit for fighting organized crime, Ludek
Vokal, has been charged in connection with information leaks from the force
during his time in service.
The former detective is suspected of having leaked information from a number of open cases to members of the underworld.
The leaks occurred between 2010 and 2015. The police was severely criticized for the leaks at the time.
A new study suggests that goods valued at up to CZK 10 billion are stolen from Czech retailers annually. The report by security agency SSI Group, which was cited in Monday’s edition of Právo, found that staff were responsible for a higher portion of damage than shoplifters. In fact, staff were to blame for almost 80 percent of the damage caused, SSI Group said.
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.
The Prague Municipal Court has sentenced three Algerian men for the gang
rape of an Irish tourist and other crimes and banned them from entering the
country for varying periods. The judgment is final, subject only to an
appeal to the Czech Supreme Court.
The victim met one of her attackers, Tajíb Banjittú, early last April and agreed to go back to his room in a tourist hostel in Prague 1. Once there, he and five other men raped her, she told police.
Six suspects, all men in their twenties, were arrested in a police raid at the hostel and later appeared in court, where they pleading innocent. Three were acquitted.
Tajíb Banjittú was sentenced to 6 years in prison and expelled from the Czech Republic indefinitely. Muhammad Habib Uld Ajsu, who was convicted of possessing narcotics and psychotropic substances, got 4.5 years and was expelled for 10 years. Zakariah Uld Ajsa was sentenced to 3 years in prison and expelled for 10 years.
The lower house of Parliament has approved an amendment to the Aliens Act
that would make it easier to expel foreigners who have been repeatedly
convicted of crimes in the Czech Republic.
The Minister of the Interior, Jan Hamáček (Social Democrats), who drafted the amendment, said it would speed up the expulsion process to at most six months, in part because the Supreme Administrative Court would have at most 90 days to appeal such an order.
Currently, proceedings to revoke a foreign offender’s residence permit can now last over two years, Mr Hamáček said, noting the case of a drug dealer that took six years.
Regarding the employment of foreign nationals, he said the Aliens Act amendment would also allow the government to introduce extraordinary work visas for a limited period of one year, thereby giving the government greatly flexibility to respond to market conditions.
Among other things, the draft would let the Cabinet set quotas for economic migrants or introduce compulsory integration courses for foreign workers.
One of the shooting victims from separate incidents late Friday night has
died of his injuries.
The 65-year-old man died Saturday. He was undergoing oncological treatment at University Hospital in Vinohrady when he and another patient were shot.
The shooter, a 74-year-old man, was also a patient and sharing their room. He was disarmed by nurses and arrested.
In the other incident, a drunken man shot three people with a shotgun on Rostovská Street in Vršovice. The shooter also had a handgun on him when taken into custody, police said.
Separate shootings in Prague late Friday night left five people injured,
with one in critical condition, a police spokesman said. Both incidents
occurred after 11:00 p.m. in Prague 10.
In the more serious incident, a 74-year-old patient at the University Hospital in Vinohrady shot two other patients with a handgun. He was then disarmed by nurses and arrested.
In the other incident, a drunken man shot three people with a shotgun on Rostovská Street in Vršovice. He also had a handgun on him when taken into custody, police said.
Czech Cardinal Dominik Duka has issued a criminal complaint against
perpetrators of sex abuse within the Czech Catholic Church whose acts were
documented in an investigative report on Czech Television’s programme
According to a spokesman, Cardinal Duka also wants to appeal to members of Parliament to draft an amendment to the criminal code that would make reporting rape and sexual abuse of minors compulsory.
Last week he and 100 other senior Catholic bishops attended a special summit in Rome focused on sexual abuse within the clergy. According to Cardinal Duka, the Czech Catholic Church currently registers roughly one case of alleged abuse every three years. However, most perpetrators receive a suspended sentence due to a lack of evidence.
An internationally wanted criminal, who is believed to have killed three
people in different parts of Europe, has been remanded in custody in
The man was arrested by the Czech police on Friday night and the authorities have already received extradition requests from Serbia, Hungary and the Netherlands where he is believed to have committed the contract killings.
According to the police the man, who is a Serbian and Hungarian national, had a number of fake documents, weapons and was masked to avoid detection.
Industrial regions, which feature large communities of foreign workers will
be regularly policed by joint patrols made up of policemen from the Czech
Republic, Slovakia and Poland, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček told
journalists at a press conference on Wednesday after signing a memorandum
of cooperation with the Region of Central-Bohemia that seeks to combat
problems associated with foreign workers in industrial zones.
According to Mr. Hamáček tens of Slovak and Polish policemen will undertake work visits in cities such as Mladá Boleslav and Plzen. Such cooperation has shown itself useful in the past, the interior minister said and he is now discussing details of implementing such project again with his Polish and Slovak counterparts.
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