A Prague district court has found Jaroslav Staník, a former member of the
opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD), guilty of hate speech
over statements he made in Parliament about Jews, Roma and gays, Czech
Television reported on Tuesday.
The court issued the respective penal order on Monday, but its spokeswoman Pavla Hájková could not reveal details of the verdict since not all participants in the case had received it in writing.
The court may impose a suspended sentence of up to one year, home confinement, or a fine.
According to eyewitnesses, Stanik said on the premises of the lower house last October that the Roma, Jews and homosexuals should be shot dead at birth.
The President of the Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetský has said that
the highly publicized case in which the clients of the now bankrupt
construction company H-system have been ordered out of their homes by a
ruling of the Supreme Court points to a failure of the judiciary and the
state in the 1990s.
Both Rychetský and the President of the Supreme Court Pavel Šámal, who met with President Miloš Zeman to discuss the highly controversial verdict, said that in this case it was up to the state to intervene and compensate the clients in the case. The court is not in a position to settle this manner fairly for everyone, Rychetský said.
During their meeting President Zeman was reportedly critical of the fact that it had taken Czech courts twenty years to deal with the case, a fact that contributed to the plight of those involved.
The families ordered out of their homes claim the verdict is unfair since they each lost a huge investment, completed the unfinished homes at their own expense and would now have to vacate the property.
The administrator wants their apartments to be sold off to the benefit all of the altogether 1,000 duped clients of the bankrupt H-System.
Fourteen people were injured when a passenger train ploughed into a tractor
near the town of Písek on Tuesday. The tractor driver allegedly ignored
the red lights on the crossing. Six people were taken to hospital, eight
were treated by paramedics on the spot.
The track will remain closed to traffic for the rest of the day and Czech Railways has arranged a replacement bus service for passengers.
Vratislav Koštál has been named chairman of the board of the Energy
Regulatory Office for a three year term. Its outgoing head Vladimir Outrata
will remain on the board.
The Energy Regulatory Office was set up in 2001 as an administrative authority responsible for regulation in the energy sector, supervision over the energy market and protection of clients’ interests.
An open-air photo exhibition documenting the history of Czechoslovakia and
later the Czech Republic over the past 100 years has just opened in the
west Bohemian town of Plzen.
The photographs were taken by ctk news agency reporters and document the daily life of citizens as well as milestone moments in the country’s history. They were selected from an archive containing several million photographs.
The exhibition, marking the centenary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, runs until August 19.
The deadline for political parties, movements and independent candidates
running in the autumn Senate and local elections expires at 4pm on Tuesday.
Local elections and elections to a third of the Senate are due to take place on October 5-6.
Voters will elect 27 new senators which may re-affirm or break the dominant position of the Social Democrats in the upper chamber.
The ANO party will be defending its victory in local elections four years ago, when it was the leading force in Prague and other big cities.
The newly-appointed Social and Labour Minister Jana Maláčová and Health
Minister Adam Vojtěch are against the idea of setting up birthing houses
in the Czech Republic, which would be staffed by midwives.
Maláčová said she had discussed the matter with the health minister and both were of the opinion that it would be better to improve conditions at maternity centres and hospitals, giving women greater privacy and more options in how they want to give birth.
The issue of home births or births assisted by midwives only has been a controversial issue in the Czech Republic for years with doctors vehemently against the idea, saying that in the event of complications it puts at risk both mother and child.
While the law allows the setting up of birthing houses, it has not been carried out in practice since the conditions stipulated are so strict that only hospitals and clinics are able to meet them.
A former health minister and regional governor sentenced for corruption has
announced that he will run for the Senate. David Rath, arrested with
millions of crowns on his person six years ago and accused of rigging
public contracts, was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison last month. He
appealed the verdict.
The former governor of Central Bohemia said he would stand for elections in Litoměřice, a locality he knows well having spent a long time in custody there. If elected to the Senate, he would acquire immunity from prosecution.
He told journalists that if elected he wanted to fight the privatisation of the Litoměřice hospital, excessive bureaucracy and migration.
The Ukrainian embassy in Prague has protested the “illegal” visit of
two Czech politicians to the territory of Crimea, annexed by Russia in
2014, Interfax reported.
Communist MEP Jaromír Kohlíček and Senator Jaroslav Doubrava of the Severočeši.cz movement attended Sunday's Sevastopol parade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the embassy said.
“To somehow whitewash their crimes, Russia is chaotically searching around the world for politicians with a lower threshold of political hygiene, who are ready to participate in propaganda voyages to the occupied peninsula. Unfortunately, several such politicians were found in the Czech Republic,” the embassy said in a statement, according to Interfax.