A Prague court has handed a former deputy minister of labour and social affairs a six-year jail term for attempted blackmail. Vladimír Šiška was found guilty of offering a software company a contract worth at least CZK 100 million if it withdrew a complaint it had lodged at the anti-trust authority against the ministry. Then minister Jaromír Drábek stood down over the matter; he was close to Mr. Šiška and had previously co-owned a company with him. Mr. Šiška’s co-defendant Milan Hojer, who headed the ministry’s IT department, got five years behind bars for his part in the affair.
Friendly guide maps Prague ethnic eateries
Czech political parties clash over who should exploit lithium reserves
Thriving Prague hotels raising prices to previously unseen levels
Activists pour blood-red substance in Vltava to protest alleged ‘misuse’ of Mánes art gallery
Strong Czech economic growth surprises experts