The bandleader of the highly popular group Čechomor Frantisek Černy was rushed to hospital in Ostrava after collapsing in the middle of the band’s concert at Ostrava’s Beerfest late on Friday. According to the group’s manager the 58-year-old founder of the band remains in hospital. No details have been released regarding his condition.
Meteorologists predict a tropical heatwave in the coming week with temperatures reaching 34 degrees Celsius next weekend. The heatwave is expected to last until the end of the month with a drop in temperatures expected at the beginning of July. The coming week should also bring heat storms around the country.
A commemorative ceremony took place at the Church of Cyril and Methodius in Prague on Saturday to commemorate the brave act of resistance of Czechoslovak paratroopers who assassinated Acting Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. Jozef Gabčík and Jana Kubiš, together with five others who were part of Operation Anthropoid hid in this Prague church for five days until they were tracked down by the SS, leading to a final, desperate gun battle on June 18th. Heydrich’s assassination became a symbol of Czech independence and was later hailed as an important moment in the resistance movement. His death led to a wave of revenge acts, including the Lidice and Ležáky massacres.
The police is dealing with the case of a plasma blood donor who infected three people with hepatitis C. Tests failed to reveal the infection in its early stages although the donor was apparently aware of the risks. According to doctors who diagnosed the disease the man had needle pricks on his arms, signs of intravenous drug use. If the man is charged and convicted of knowingly infecting others he could face a year in prison. It would be the first such case to come to court in the Czech Republic.
The Christian Democrats of the ruling coalition will request another meeting of the National Security Council by July 24th, according to party deputy chair Marian Jurečka. The council should be informed about the final version of the police reform including changes made at the request of state attorneys. Mr. Jurečka said it was essential for the government and parliament to be given clear and transparent information regarding the aim of the police reform, the functioning of the new structures, the division of powers and cooperation with the State Attorney’s Office.
The police’s internal affairs unit GIBS is reported to be launching an investigation into whether ANO party leader Andrej Babis was not privy to classified information regarding open cases being investigated by the police’s unit for fighting organized crime. According to the daily Pravo suspicions that this might be the case arose after Mr. Babis publicly accused the Social Democrats of enforcing a police reform in order to gain control over this unit which he said was investigating sensitive cases some of which were linked to the party. Among the cases he mentioned was an investigation into the Plzen company Skoda Transportation despite the fact that no information had been released on the case.
A goal from Milan Skoda and a crucial penalty shot from Tomas Necid helped the Czech team snatch a 2-2 draw with Croatia in a dramatic Euro 2016 Group D encounter on Friday. It is the first time at Euro 2016 that a team has come back from two goals down, giving the Czech team a badly-needed extra point. The match was briefly disrupted by flares thrown onto the pitch by Croatia's fans.
Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš said after a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels on Friday that the EC had taken a positive stand to his proposal for clamping down on VAT fraud. Babiš said the EC had promised to present a draft legislation on reverse charge VAT by the end of the year. The Czech finance minister has sought the go ahead from fellow ministers for the Czech Republic to have the widest possible remit to use so-called reverse charge VAT, where the tax is paid by the consumer and not the seller. He believes that greater use of reverse charge could save the EU a large part of the around 170 billion euros lost every year in unpaid VAT.
Several right-wing politicians, among them Civic Democrat Marek Benda and STAN party head Petr Gazdík, have called on Olomouc State Attorney Ivo Ištván, who supervised the case which brought down the Nečas government, to resign. Gazdík said none of the far-reaching accusations made had been proved in court and the state attorneys on the case should be held accountable.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is to pay a two-day working visit to Austria on June 23-24th, his office announced on Friday. The prime minister will hold talks with Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Chancellor Christian Kern. The talks are expected to focus on European issues, the migrant crisis, transport infrastructure and energy security.