Kevin Dahlgren a 21-year-old U.S. citizen wanted for the murder of four of his Czech relatives in Brno has been extradited to the Czech Republic to face murder charges. According to the Czech Justice Ministry Dahlgren arrived at Prague’s international Airport on Monday and a court will now rule on whether he will be placed in custody. Dahlgren is suspected of stabbing to death four Czech relatives with whom he was staying at the time. He fled the country just hours before the crime was uncovered. The United States is known to only extradite its citizens for prosecution abroad in exceptional cases. This is the first case ever in which a U.S. citizen has been extradited to the Czech Republic. If he is convicted he could face a life sentence.
A Prague court has passed a guilty verdict on a man who expressed approval of the suicide bomb attack that killed five Czech soldiers serving in NATO’s ISAF mission in eastern in Afghanistan in July of last year. The man, who praised the terrorist for “doing away with at least a few Czech mercenaries” on Facebook received a year long suspended sentence for publicly supporting a crime, inciting violence towards a group and insulting the memory of Czech soldiers who died in action on a foreign mission. Neither side has appealed the verdict.
Prague taxi drivers have announced a planned blockade of streets in the city centre on Tuesday. The precise route of the protest has not been disclosed. They are protesting against Prague City Hall’s plans to tighten regulations governing the service in the wake of numerous complaints from the public and tourists. According to City Halls plans all taxi drivers in Prague should gradually undergo tough new street knowledge and language tests. Prague City Hall has announced that it will boost public transport on the day of the protest.
Most immigrants are in the Czech Republic illegally, and as they violated law, they should be promptly returned, rather than placed into various accommodation facilities, President Miloš Zeman said in an interview for Radio Frekvence 1 on Sunday. According to the Czech head of state, the government decided to voluntarily accept 1,500 refugees, and therefore all the other immigrants were in the country illegally. Mr Zeman said that a crushing majority of migrants came for economic reasons, arguing that they also came from poor countries that were not hit by war, such as Eritrea, Senegal, Kosovo and Pakistan.
Czech Grand Prix motorcycle racer Jakub Kornfeil has reached the World Championship podium for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old Czech finished second in the Moto 3 race at British Grand Prix in Silverstone on Sunday, behind Britain's Danny Kent. Kornfeil started his 103rd race from the fifth row after qualifying in 13th place. Another Czech, Karel Hanika, failed to finish the 17-lap race.
The introduction of a reduced, 10-percent value added tax rate for selected products in January this year has not resulted in lower prices for end consumers, according to a survey caried out by TaxVision consulting agency. On the otehr hand, some enterpreneurs recorded a slight increase in profits. For some producers, sellers and exporters of goods that are subject to the lower VAT, the change brought more paperworks and more expenses, the survey suggests. The reducedd VAT applies to books, baby food and medicines.
Czech Olympic champion javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková has failed to reach the podium at the World Championships in Beijing. She finished in the ninth place in Friday's final in the Bird's Nest Stadium, after she threw 60.08 metres. The 34-year-old athlete, who split from long-time trainter Jan Železný last year, said she planned to engage a new coach before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Czech president's visit to China will not harm the Czech Republic's foreign policy or the country's position within the European Union, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said in a live debate on Prima television on Sunday. Miloš Zeman is the only Western politician to take part in the events in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Pacific, that will take place next week. According to Mr Sobotka, the EU states have not agreed on a EU-wide boycott of the celebrations. The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, has previously said that the Czech Republic's decision not been questioned in Brussels.
Soldiers from the Czech Republic and other NATO allies, including Germany, Great Britain and the US, will take part in an international military training in the Czech Republic, which gets underway on Monday. The joint excersise of NATO units, Ample Strike 2015, will be held in Náměšť nad Oslavou in south Moravia until September 22. According to Magdalena Dvořáková of the General Staff's press department, the aim of the military training is to harmonise the activities of tactic air-force pilots and forward air controllers. For the first time this year, the Canadian air force and Austria will also participate in the exercise.
More people have died on Czech roads this summer than during the same period last year, Czech Radio reported on Sunday, citing police statistics. Since the beginning of summer holidays, 149 people have been killed in road accidents, which is 17 more than last year. According to Martin Farář of the Transport Ministry's Road Safety department (BESIP), the big death toll was affected by the exceptionally hot weather, which prevailed throughout most of the summer. According to the statistics, nearly one third of all the road crashes victims died on Friday, when people drive out of the big cities to their country houses.