The police have charged with murder the mother of a baby boy who died one day after being left in a babybox in Plzeň. Doctors said the infant had sustained injuries that could not have occurred during childbirth. Investigators say the mother, who is 30, hid her pregnancy and attempted to kill the baby as soon as he was born. However, her own mother caught her in the act and brought the child to the babybox. Another baby boy was placed in the same babybox on Sunday morning and was reported to be the possible twin of the one who died.
The European Commission has moved proceedings against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for not fulfilling their duty to take in refugees into a second phase. The commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, Dimitris Avramopulos, announced the news on Wednesday. The European Commission has sent Prague, Warsaw and Budapest an opinion outlining its arguments; the three now have one month to respond. The Czech Republic has argued that inactivity on the part of Italy and Greece, which are on the frontline as regards refugees, has prevented it from carrying out the background checks necessary for accepting migrants under the EU’s quota scheme.
A Czech woman injured in a knife attack on tourists at the Hurgada resort in Egypt is now clinically dead, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. The woman, who is aged 36, suffered multiple organ failure after her condition significantly deteriorated in recent days. Czech doctor Petr Kolouch, who has been attending the woman in a Cairo hospital, said she was only being kept alive artificially and that there was no hope of improvement. An Egyptian man stabbed to death two Germans and injured four others, including the Czech woman, in an attack at a hotel beach in Hurgada on July 14.
Trust in the Czech police is at its highest level in a quarter century, suggests an opinion poll conducted by the STEM agency. Some 65 percent of respondents said they trusted the force in last month’s survey. Throughout the 1990s – the first decade after the fall of communism – trust in the police never reached 40 percent and in 1997 was as low as 27 percent. STEM, which has been running similar surveys since 1993, said the current high level of backing may reflect the sense that security needs to be beefed up as a result of the migrant crisis.
Two Czechs have been arrested on the Greek island of Crete for using metal detectors illegally at the site of an archaeological dig. Local media said the two were charged with the violation of regulations on the protection of cultural heritage after entering a highly restricted area. Both men were released on bail on Tuesday and efforts are being made to secure their return to the Czech Republic, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The Czechs, aged 33 and 35, were arrested in the Chania area on July 21.
Czech consumers made purchases amounting to CZK 46.5 billion from online retailers in the first half of 2017, a year-on-year increase of 13 percent, according to the Heureka.cz website. The Association for Electronic Commerce expects a further acceleration in online spending in the second half of the year and total revenues of around CZK 115 billion for the whole of 2017. E-commerce now amounts to almost 11 percent of the entire Czech retail market.
Slavia Prague beat BATE Borisov of Belarus 1:0 at home in the first leg of their Champions League third round qualifying tie on Tuesday evening. The only goal of the game came from a 20th minute penalty. The spot kick followed a foul that led to a red card for the visitors, though Slavia were unable to take more advantage of having an extra man. Meanwhile, Viktoria Plzen twice led against Romania’s FCSB (formerly Steaua Bucharest) but were eventually held to a 2:2 draw. The return legs take place next week.
The Mayors and Independents group have decided to stand on their own in October’s general elections, leader Petr Gazdík said on Tuesday. Members voted overwhelmingly to reject an offer from the Christian Democrats to run for parliament on their lists of candidates. The two had formed a coalition in April but it was last week abrogated by the Christian Democrats, who may have feared not reaching the threshold to enter the Chamber of Deputies, which in the case of a two-party coalition would be 10 percent.
Prague’s Supreme Court has handed a five-year jail term to Marek Dalík, who was found guilty of attempting to solicit a bribe in connection with a military hardware contract while he was an advisor to then prime minister Mirek Topolanek. Mr. Dalík was previously sentenced to four years for the same offence but was freed earlier this year over formal shortcomings in the original trial. His latest conviction came despite a change in his testimony. He was accused of seeking a bribe of CZK 50,000,000 from the company Steyr in 2007 to smooth a deal to buy armoured carriers for the Czech Army.