News Court sentences fraudster to nine years
The regional court in Olomouc has sentenced a Přerov woman to nine years in prison for defrauding creditors of more than 11 million crowns. The woman borrowed funds from creditors by posing as a lawyer, businesswoman and investments expert. Lenders were promising attractive returns which never materialised. Earlier, the defendant was sentenced to 8.5 years for similar crimes in Slovakia. Police caught up with the fraudster in Přerov; at the time of her arrest she reportedly owned several luxury cars in her name and was renting several apartments.
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A number of political gatherings are expected in Prague on Sunday to mark the International Workers’ Day state holiday. Block Against Islam is one of two groups holding protests against migration, while another demonstration has been organised in support of refugees. Several political parties, including the Communists, are holding events in the capital, while a traditional gathering of anarchists is also planned.
Veteran pop star Karel Gott is due to undergo stomach surgery in the next fortnight that will conclude his treatment for cancer, his spokesperson told the Czech News Agency. The singer, who is 67, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma towards the end of last year. Bild quoted the multi-million selling artist as saying his convalescence was going more slowly than he had expected; he told the German newspaper that he had trouble breathing and would need to think long and hard about returning to performing.
The second and third weeks of May should be the warmest period of the next month in the Czech Republic, with temperatures reaching around 20 degrees Celsius or more, according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Rainfall should be at average or slightly below average levels for May, the forecasters said.
A surveillance camera once likely used by the communist-era StB secret police is still in place on a street light in the Prague district of Vinohrady, the iDnes.cz reported. The news website said there was no doubt the camera was in place prior to 1989. It is the same type used by the StB to monitor the movement of dissidents and foreign diplomats on the streets of the capital. The camera, located at the junction of the streets Libická and Vinohradská, is non-functioning and is likely to be removed.
Viktoria Plzeň have been crowned Czech soccer league champions. The West Bohemians gave themselves an unassailable points lead on second-placed Sparta Prague with three rounds to go thanks to a 2:0 home win over Baník Ostrava on Saturday evening. It is Plzeň’s fourth championship since their first in 2010/2011 and the first time they have lifted the title twice in succession. Saturday’s win was their 16th in a row, which is a new Czech league record.
Czechoslovak Communist leader Ladislav Adamec was a KGB informer, according to the Mitrokhin Archive, a collection of notes by a KGB officer who defected to the UK that is now held at Cambridge University. Under the code name Atos, Adamec, who was prime minister when the Velvet Revolution started in November 1989, figures in a list of KGB informers among the upper echelons of the Communist Party in the then Czechoslovakia, the Czech daily Právo reported on Saturday.
Lucie Šafářová has won tennis’s Prague Open. The Czech second seed overcame Samantha Stosur of Australia 3-6 6-1 6-4 in Saturday’s final in the city’s Stromovka park. It is the seventh WTA title of Šafářová’s career and her first since Doha in February last year. The one-time world number five had previously not won a single match this season after suffering from a serious illness last year.
The average age of apartment buildings in the Czech Republic since their construction or most recent renovation is 52 years, according to figures from the Czech Statistics Office cited by the Czech News Agency on Saturday. Prague has the oldest apartment buildings, with an average age of 61 years. Almost 90 percent of the capital’s residents live in flats, with almost half of the total of 600,000 located in prefabricated “panel” buildings.
The Czech minister of health, Svatopluk Němeček, says he wants to work with doctors unions in finding a solution to the problem of medics doing excessive overtime. Mr. Němeček said on Saturday that he would next week ask Martin Engel, the chairman of the Czech Doctor’s Trade Union, to specify what action his body wants from the Ministry of Health. The union recently said that if the legal limit of 416 hours of overtime a year was adhered to there would not be enough doctors to serve patients in the country’s hospitals.
A group of Iraqi Christian refugees who left the Czech Republic for Germany have appealed their forced return to the Czech Republic, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees told the Czech News Agency. The date of their deportation has not yet been set, the agency said. The group of 25 were brought to the Czech Republic by the NGO Generation 21 in early April along with around 125 other Iraqi Christians. However, they left soon afterwards for Germany, where they were detained shortly after crossing the border.