TV crews and reporters have been waiting outside the Rýnovice prison in
Jablonec nad Nisou for several days for the release of Jiří Kajínek, the
Czech Republic’s most notorious prisoner. President Miloš Zeman
announced earlier this month that he would grant him a pardon after
returning from a trip to China. On Sunday afternoon, the head of the
prison, Vlastimil Kříž, told the journalists that he has not yet
received the clemency approval from the court.
Jiří Kajínek is serving a life sentence after being found guilty of two contract killings, a crime he has always denied committing. He made headlines by escaping from a maximum security prison. The Czech head of state has granted seven pardons since taking office. Prior to his election he said he would only grant pardons in very exceptional cases.
The Czech Republic’s Martin Fuksa has won another gold at the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Portugal’s Montemoru-o-Velho on Saturday. A day after picking up gold in the 1,000 metres, Fuksa topped the podium in the 200 metres on Sunday. The 22-year-old also competed in double canoe, along with his younger brother Petr, finishing fifth in the 500 metres race.
Hundreds of politicians, foreign dignitaries and members of the public
attended the annual commemorative ceremony in Terezín, the site of a
former Nazi concentration camp. Speaking at the gathering, marking the
camp's liberation, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka recalled the
horrors of Terezín and warned against division in society. He also said
peace and freedom were the result of a joint European effort to overcome
Also known as Theresienstadt, the 200-year-old fortress town was transformed by the Nazis into a camp where Jews from across Europe were gathered until they could be transported to extermination camps. Of the 150, 000 people who were interned at Terezin between 1940 and 1945, 33,000 died and 88,000 were transported to Nazi death camps elsewhere.
Hungarian refinery giant MOL, which runs several hundred petrol stations in the Czech Republic, will provide oil to the Czech Administration of State Material Reserves to the tune of 230 million crowns. The company will provide altogether 20 million litres of winter diesel fuel, the administration’s spokeswoman Edita Pechalová told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. The Czech Republic currently doesn’t fulfil the European Directive on oil and crude oil reserves, which requires EU countries with no oil of their own to maintain emergency stocks of crude oil or petroleum products equal to at least 90 days of net imports.
Around four hundred people took part in Saturday’s spring cleaning of the Krkonoše or Giant Mountains. The clean-up event took mainly along the main tourist trails, included the country’s tallest mountain Sněžka. The annual event is organised by the management of the Krkonoše National Park. This year, volunteers gathered around three tons of litter and debris.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic next week could reach up to 25 degrees Celsius. The warm weather is expected to last until Thursday, followed by rain and cooler temperatures. In the next four weeks, temperatures should remain average for the time of year, according to a regularly monthly weather forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Rainfall levels are expected to be slightly above average.
Over 40,000 people turned out for the open day at Čáslav military airport in Central Bohemia on Saturday. The event, which takes place every two years, marked the 60th anniversary since the introduction of jet aircraft at the base. Among the highlights of the programme was the performance of the Swiss Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team flying the F-5E Tiger II fighters. It was the first performance of the team in the Czech Republic.
The Minister of Industry and Trade, Jiří Havlíček, has held discussions with Czech president Miloš Zeman and the team of his advisors. During their four-hour talks, they were discussing the law on electronic communication or the law that would enable operators to reduce the cost of deploying communication networks. The legislation is set to be to be debated by the lawmakers. Among other topics on the agenda was the operation of the Czech Export Bank and state export insurer EGAP, Mr Havlíček told journalists after the meeting on Saturday.