The Regional Court in Hradec Králové on Monday freed Lukáš Nečesaný,
who was charged with attempting to murder a hairdresser in the town of
Hořice in East Bohemia in 2013. Judges said there was insufficient
evidence to prove that it was Nečesaný who had committed the crime.
The latest trial was the fourth time the case, which has received a great deal of media attention, was heard in the courts. On the previous three occasions Nečesaný was found guilty. The state prosecutor may appeal Monday’s verdict, in which case the matter will go to the Supreme Court.
The police have made a breakthrough in their investigation into an attack
on tennis star Petra Kvitová at her home last December, the Czech News
Agency reported. They are due to make an announcement at a news conference
on Thursday but the news is not believed to relate to the capture of her
Two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitová required extensive surgery after a knife attack in her apartment building that left her with severe injuries on her main playing hand.
A group of Czech tourists were arrested in the Kazakh capital of Astana
last week for disorderly conduct, the news site aktualne.cz reported on
The six men changed into black wigs and neon-green thong swimsuits, similar to those worn by the actor Sasha Baron Cohen in the film Borat, attempting to take a picture in front of a panel saying ‘I love Astana.’ They were released after paying a fine of 22,500 tenge (approximately 60 euros).
A 27-year-old Czech was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday by the
regional court in Brno for defrauding individuals by posing as a betting
agency employee and later as the firm's representative.
Damages have been estimated at 68 million crowns.
The defendant, Radek Strmiska, did not appear in court but is avoiding justice and being sought by the police. The court ruling is not final; Strmika's lawyer has already appealed.
Lobbyist Marek Dalík, one-time advisor to prime minister Mirek Topolanek,
turned up at Prague’s Ruzyne prison to start serving a five-year sentence
for corruption on Monday. He was accompanied by his lawyer and refused to
speak to journalists.
Dalík, who was found guilty of soliciting a bribe in connection with a hardware military deal, earlier claimed he was innocent of the charges against him and petitioned the country’s Supreme Court over the first four-year sentence. He later even changed his testimony to partially admitting having requested a certain sum of money.
After reviewing the case, the Supreme Court upped his sentence from four to five years. He has already spent seven months in custody.
Czechs are amongst the main thieves in shops on the German side of the
border according to figures from the Bavarian police, Czech Television
Czechs are the second biggest group of foreign shoplifters after Romanians, according to the police statistics in one border region with the number of thefts up between 2015 and 2016
The most popular items to take are razor blades and other items from pharmacists and clothes. Two-thirds of all cases of thefts from shops were committed by Germans.
A Prague court has quashed a lower court’s verdict that the death of a
prisoner from an overdose of methadone was solely a disciplinary issue of
misconduct. The municipal court overruled the earlier decision of the
Prague 4 district court which did not find a criminal case to answer.
A mix up over medical does with prisoners having the same surname resulted in the death of the prisoner at Prague’s Pankrác jail last year with one officer alleged not to have taken steps which could have saved the prisoner’s life.
Ďuričko freed after serving two-thirds of sentence The regional court in
Karviné has freed Bohumir Ďuričko, a former businessman serving 12.5
years in prison for the murder of Václav Kočka, jr in 2008, based on the
recommendation of the state prosecutor. Mr Ďuřicko and his lawyer filed
the request having served two-thirds of his sentence.
The prosecutor backed the proposal providing Mr Ďuričko would abstain from alcohol and other factors. Ďuričko will remain on probation for a period of seven years.
In 2008, the businessman shot and killed Václav Kočka, jr at a Prague bar following a personal argument, hours after the venue had hosted a book-signing by then-Social Democrat leader Jiří Paroubek. The deceased’s father was in court on Monday; he expressed regret, he said, that the "justice system had decided as it had".
Earlier this year, the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee caused something of a stir with a resolution aiming to grant robots legal status in order to hold them ‘responsible for acts or omissions’. The move caught some off guard in what is quite complex or even uncharted legal territory. Alžběta Krausová, a well-known researcher at the Institute for State and Law at the Czech Academy of Sciences specialising in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence is one who has followed the conversation closely as well as added to it. She
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