A Czech national, who was kidnapped by terrorists in Libya in 2015, was
probably murdered soon after the abduction, the Austrian Foreign Ministry
said on Wednesday.
The Czech, along with his Austrian colleague, were employees of the Maltese-Austrian company VAOS. They were among a group of nine foreign workers, who were kidnapped by Islamic State militants in an attack on an oil-field in Libya. According to the latest findings, they were murdered shortly after the kidnapping.
Cross-border trade in the Czech produced drug pervitin or methamphetamine
remains a problem in Germany. According to a recent report by the German
Federal Criminal Police Office, the uptake of pervitine is spreading mainly
in the southern and eastern part of Germany which border on the Czech
According to the German police, around five to ten tonnes of methamphetamine is produced in the Czech Republic each year. Last year, German police seized 62 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, which was five tonnes less than in the previous year.
Legal representatives of the sister of a Czech man who died in London have
petitioned the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to overturn a
UK court ruling which exonerated a man accused of his killing, the TV
station Prima reported on Tuesday.
If the court accepts the case the Czech Republic will support the victim’s sister, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Prima said it might be months before the court responds to the petition.
Zdeněk Makar, who was 31, was beaten to death following an altercation outside a fast food outlet in London in September last year.
A Somali girl who was barred from wearing a hijab at a Prague secondary
school has lost an appeal in which she was seeking an apology and CZK
60,000 in compensation from the institution. Prague’s Municipal Court on
Tuesday confirmed a previous ruling under which the girl’s allegation of
discrimination was dismissed.
The plaintiff had argued that wearing the veil was an expression of her religious conviction. However, a Municipal Court judge said that the school, which prepares students for a career in medicine, had to remain a “neutral environment”.
A 27-year-old Czech woman has appealed a verdict by the District Court in Brno which found her guilty of defrauding a Norwegian national of the equivalent of more than 53 million crowns (around 2 million euros). She and the 60-year-old male met online on an erotic services website. The woman is alleged to have asked him to borrow funds for a number of reasons, from a knee operation to a car purchase to food for her cat, convincing the Norwegian she would return his money later. Found guilty, the defendant was sentenced to eight years in prison from a maximum 10. She immediately filed an appeal. The case will now go to the High Court in Olomouc.
A 10 percent pay rise for the police and firefighters agreed by the
government and to take effect as of November 1 of this year will cost the
state an additional 451 million crowns, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing material from the Interior Ministry.
In 2018, the bump will lead to an extra 2.9 billion crowns in total needed
from the state budget. The figures cited concern only the police and fire
fighters and not the prison services, BIS counter-intelligence service,
Customs and the General Inspection of the Security Forces.
The government backed pay rises for public sector employees at 10 percent and 15 percent for teachers.
The police have shelved their investigation into the disappearance of
12-year-old Michaela M., who went missing in Ústí nad Labem in January of
this year. The news was confirmed on Friday by regional police head Zbyněk
Dvořák. Investigators have reason to believe that the child is dead.
When the case broke at the beginning of the year, investigators introduced an embargo on related information after the partner of the girl’s mother committed suicide the same month; according to the Czech News Agency, police saw the deceased as the main suspect in the child’s disappearance. Searches near the child's home and other sites yielded no clues.
Police have charged 18 people in connection with a massive fuel fraud
scheme that robbed state coffers of approximately 40 million crowns in
2012, the ctk news agency reported.
The suspects are charged with tax evasion and money laundering. The scheme reportedly involved 12 companies active at home and abroad.
If they are convicted the suspects could face up to ten years in jail.
Police on Wednesday received confirmation from the lower house that they
can launch criminal proceedings against the ANO party leader, Andrej
Babiš, and his deputy Jaroslav Faltýnek, the Czech News Agency reported
on Wednesday citing spokeswoman Štěpánka Zenklová of the Metropolitan
Public Prosecutor's Office in Prague.
The police had asked the lower house to waive the deputies’ parliamentary immunity with regard to the so-called Stork’s Nest affair, where a company belonging to Babiš‘ large agro-chemical group Agrofert applied for a 50 million crown European grant for work on a recreation and hotel complex. The fund was intended to help small and medium sized companies.
Police are investigating five people for the theft of weapons and
explosives from around the now defunct munitions storage site in Vrbětice
in the Zlín area. Two of the suspects have been charged with the criminal
possession of a weapon which carries a sentence of up to eight years behind
bars. The suspects are believed to have tried to sell some weapons to
others. The police have said the motive was primarily financial.
The Vrbětice munitions depot was partly destroyed by deadly explosions in the autumn of 2014 which claimed the lives of two employees. The area remained highly unstable and dangerous, requiring a perimeter watched by the police and the Czech military. Later, truckloads of surviving weapons and other material were eventually removed.
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