In a speech at a Holocaust conference in 2015, President Miloš Zeman falsely claimed one of the nation’s most respected journalists had penned a pre-war article titled “Hitler is a gentleman”. Ferdinand Peroutka, he claimed, was an admirer of the Nazi dictator. On Monday, a Prague court ruled against his granddaughter, who had sued for an apology.
Statistics show that incarceration and reoffending rates in the Czech Republic are among the highest in Europe. To combat this phenomenon 10 organisations that focus on helping prisoners reintegrate into society have decided to form an association. They hope the new alliance will bring about more flexibility, as well as greater influence when lobbying for change with the government.
Cardinal Dominik Duka is facing a criminal investigation, after being accused of covering up a case of sexual abuse in the Dominican Order. The victim, who remains anonymous, told the news site seznam.cz earlier this week that he reported the abuse to Mr.Duka but the cardinal had failed to take action against it.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček has said that any move by the president
to halt the possible prosecution of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would be
inappropriate interference in the work of the judiciary and would violate
the principle that all citizens are equal before the law.
He did not comment on how the Social Democrats, a junior partner in the governing coalition, would respond to such a development.
Justice Minister Marie Benešová refused to comment on the president’s words or speculate about the possibility of such a thing happening.
Police in Kosovo arrested eight Czech soccer fans ahead of Saturday's
2020 European Championship qualifier between Kosovo and the Czech Republic.
Michal Jurman, spokesman for the Czech Soccer Association, confirmed the news saying the six men and two women arrested on Friday night near the Kosovo capital of Pristina were allegedly planning to fly a drone with a pro-Serbia banner reading "Kosovo is Serbia," during the game.
Police reportedly seized the drone as well as two walkie-talkies, fireworks and six knifes. The Czech Foreign Ministry said all eight people, one of whom also has Serbian citizenship, were released early Saturday.
The Czech Soccer Association issued a statement slamming unruly behaviour on sports stadiums and rejecting attempts to link sport with politics.
The lower house of Parliament will debate a Senate proposal to file a
constitutional complaint against President Miloš Zeman on September 26,
without any specific recommendation from the chamber’s Committee for
Legal Matters, the ctk news agency reported. The committee’s only
recommendation is that the debate should be public.
The proposal was approved by the Senate in July. If it is passed by the lower house, it will reach the Constitutional Court.
However, this is unlikely, due to the ruling ANO-Social Democrat coalition, supported by the Communist Party, holding a majority in the Chamber of Deputies.
The complaint is based on the president’s recent procrastination tactics in sacking and naming a new culture minister and his frequent unwillingness to adhere to the government’s set foreign policy line.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has said he holds Jaroslav Šaroch, the state
attorney who halted the prosecution of PM Andrej Babiš over suspected EU
subsidy fraud, in high esteem, praising him for having the courage to defy
the "the media gang” hounding the prime minister and change his
position on the case. In an interview for commercial TV Barrandov, Mr.
Zeman said Šaroch's report on the case should be available to the
The Prague Municipal State Attorney's Office said on Monday that Šaroch had changed his legal opinion on the case and that his superior is now checking whether the change is substantiated and in accordance with law.
Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman and Jusice Minister Marie Benešová, have both criticized the approach of the Prague state attorney’s office toward the case. In an interview for Denik N, Mrs. Benešová said the prosecutors’ work was incomprehensible and sent a bad signal about the state of the system of state attorneys.
Twenty children, on average, are reported missing in the Czech Republic
every day and most are found within minutes or hours, according to police
statistics presented at the start of conference on missing children
organized by the non-profit organization Amber Alert Europe (AAE).
The organization created a network of police specialists involved in the search for missing children across Europe and regularly holds conferences where the main aim is for the respective police officers to establish contacts that they can later use to communicate more quickly, efficiently and informally in the search for missing children.Across Europe a child is reported missing every two minutes.
Prague is hosting the conference for the second time.It is attended by 40 specialists from 16 countries.
AAE founder and chairman Frank Hoen said in his opening address that the Czech police are among the best in Europe when it comes to searching for missing children.
The Criminal Code may be amended to prevent women prisoners who become
pregnant in jail from being automatically released to care for their
babies, as is now the case.
MPs from the ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš aim to change the law so that courts will decide on a case by case basis whether to release such inmates. They plan to submit the draft proposal to the lower house of Parliament in October.
The move comes in reaction to the recent case of one Petra Janáková, who was sentenced to prison for 30 years for shooting a man and attempting to murder three others.
The 29-year-old was released into civilian life for about 15 months in accordance with current law, which allows pregnant convicts to suspend their sentences until their child’s first birthday.
The Prison Service director said a special facility for pregnant inmates and mothers with children under one year could be established in Světlá nad Sázavou within months of a change in the law.
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