Czech police on Friday stopped two lorries carrying 35 foreigners,
including 13 children, on the D5 motorway heading towards the main western
border crossing with Germany at Rozvadov. According to police spokeswoman
Veronika Horková, the lorries came from Romania through Hungary and
The migrants, who most likely come from Eastern Europe, were placed in a detention centre and will be questioned to determine whether they have asked for asylum anywhere in Europe. The drivers of the lorries have also been detained on suspicion of people smuggling.
The weekly Respekt says that President Miloš Zeman has pushed for Russian
alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to be extradited to his native country.
Monday’s edition of Respekt said it had information that Mr. Zeman had twice met with the Czech minister of justice, Robert Pelikán, to lobby for Mr. Nikulin to be handed over to the authorities in Russia rather than to the US, where he is facing charges of hacking the computers of major internet companies including LinkedIn.
The Russian, who is 30, is wanted in Moscow on charges of stealing less than CZK 50,000 from a bank account.
He was arrested in Prague in 2016 on the basis of an Interpol arrest warrant requested by the American government.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Respekt his preference is for Mr. Nikulin to be handed over to the Americans but said he had no influence on Mr. Pelikán’s decision on the matter.
Russian Yevgeny Nikulin has lodged a constitutional appeal against an
earlier Czech Supreme Court decision he can be extradited to the United
States and against his continued remand in custody in the Czech Republic.
News of the appeal was reported Thursday by Russia’s TASS news agency. Nikulin has been in custody since October 2016 when he was seized in Prague by police on suspicion of hacking major US companies.
Both the US and Russia have asked for his extradition. The Czech Minister of Justice is expected to rule on extradition.
The deaths of three members of one family in the Moravian city of Zlín are
being treated as possible murder. The bodies were found in their home on
Monday. The victims are a woman of 60, her daughter of 34 and her son, aged
The father of the children, who did not live with the family, reported finding their bodies to the police on Monday afternoon. A police spokesperson said the three had evidently died weeks or possibly months previously.
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Prague police were called out to Prague’s National Theatre on Friday
evening following a suicide threat, the Czech News Agency reported. A woman
had phoned a helpline saying that she intended to kill herself during a
performance of the opera Carmen at the historic venue.
The woman later called again saying she was no longer planning to take her life. The opera was not cancelled but the presence of numerous uniformed police officers drew a great deal of attention from audience members. A police spokesperson described it as an “unusual and complicated situation”.
The police are investigating as possible slander a claim by a Brno
councillor that President Miloš Zeman had cancer, the newspaper Lidové
noviny reported on Saturday. Svatopluk Bartík of the group Žít Brno
wrote on his Facebook page in November that the head of state was suffering
from the disease and had only a few months to live, arguing that the public
had a right to know. The president’s doctors denied the claim.
Police in Brno have launched a criminal investigation into Mr. Bartík’s claims and will file charges if evidence is found, Lidové noviny said. The Office of the President previously filed a criminal complaint against the local politician, along with a demand for an apology and CZK 5 million in compensation.
The overall crime rate dropped in the Czech Republic in 2017 by around 7.3
percent compared with 2016 with around 202,000 criminal acts investigated,
police said on Friday.
Crime dropped in 12 out of the country’s 14 regions with the two exceptions being the Plzeň and Karlovy Vary regions.
The drop in overall crime is for the fourth year in a row. The clear up rate came in at 53.3 percent. On the other hand, the number of murders increased by 10 to 146.
The 21-year-old Czech woman detained by customs officials at Pakistan’s
Lahore airport earlier this month with nine kilos of heroin in her
possession is set to remain in custody. A court in Pakistan has extended
her detention until the end of January, the Czech Foreign Ministry told the
Czech News Agency on Wednesday.
The Czech, who denies responsibility for the heroin found in her baggage, was set to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday but the hearing was postponed due to safety reasons.
A Czech pensioner has received a 27-year jail term in Hong Kong for drug
smuggling. The man, who is 69 years old, was caught with three kilogrammes
of cocaine in his luggage. He said he was unaware of the substance, which
was apprehended on a flight from South America, and had received the
suitcase as a gift.
Czech Radio reported that the man speaks no foreign languages and is almost deaf.
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