Two MEPs who ran as ANO candidates but later broke away from the party are
setting up a new grouping named Hlas (Voice), iRozhlas.cz reported on
Tuesday. Pavel Telička and Petr Ježek plan to run on its ticket in
May’s European Parliament elections, the news site said.
Mr. Telička says that Hlas will also be launched as a liberal, pro-European party in the Czech Republic. The MEP says they are confident of meeting the deadline of 19 March for filing candidate lists for the European Parliament elections.
The zoo in the Czech city of Ústí nad Labem has had to put down an Indian
elephant, a spokesperson said. The female was euthanised on Monday after
long-standing problems with its foot left it unable to stand.
The elephant, which was named Kala, was brought from Vietnam to Czechoslovakia in the mid-1980s and was aged 34.
This year’s edition of the Febiofest film festival will bring the Danish
director Bille August to Prague. The maker of such movies as Pelle the
Conqueror and The House of the Spirits will receive the event’s Kristián
lifetime achievement award. The same prize will go to the veteran Czech
actress Jiřina Bohdalová.
The 26th edition of Febiofest will run in Prague from March 21 to 29. A reduced version will then travel to the regions.
Lawyers for Prime Minister Andrej Babiš have filed an appeal against a
decision by the local authority in the town of Černošice. The deadline
for appeals was on Tuesday. Two weeks ago, the council in Černošice near
Prague, where Mr. Babiš lives, ruled that the prime minister was in
conflict of interest because he continued to control Czech media outlets
via the Agrofert conglomerate.
The matter was taken to the Černošice authorities by the Czech branch of Transparency International.
The prime minister is suspected of still controlling the huge Agrofert group despite having formally transferred ownership to trust funds. He denies this. The European Commission is currently investigating Agrofert’s receipt of EU subsidies.
Petra Kvitová has testified at a Brno court in the trial of a man accused
of causing her serious injury. The world tennis number two gave evidence
for 90 minutes via a camera system so she would not have to face her
alleged assailant in the courtroom. Radim Žondra, who is 33, is accused of
attacking Kvitová with a knife at her home in December 2016.
The sports star described to the court how the man, who had entered her home after claiming to be a boiler inspector, held a knife to her throat from behind. When she grabbed the weapon with both hands the blade cut into her left hand.
The assault left Kvitová with career-threatening injuries that required major surgery. If found guilty, Žondra faces up to 12 years in jail.
Graham Melville-Mason, a British champion of Czech classical music, died at
the weekend at the age of 85, the website KlasikaPlus.cz reported.
Professor Melville-Mason was the only non-Czech member of the artistic
board of the Prague Spring International Music Festival and headed the
UK’s Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music.
He learned Czech on walks with a Czech neighbour in London and spent decades researching and promoting the work of Czech composers internationally.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš plans to take action against inhumane
commercial dog breeding facilities, iDnes.cz reported. Speaking after a
cabinet meeting, the ANO leader said a draft veterinary law due to be
discussed by the government later this month would include tighter
regulations on so-called puppy farms.
Mr. Babiš said the legislation would define such facilities and ensure minimum standards for dog and cat breeding, as well as dealing with the registration of dog breeders.
The prime minister has not previously raised this subject. However, he has recently appeared on social media holding his own puppy in photos, iDnes.cz said.
The Czech government on Monday recognised Juan Guaido as interim president
of Venezuela. The move was announced by the minister of the interior, Jan
Hamáček, who said it had come in response to a proposal from the
country’s foreign minister, Tomáš Petříček.
A number of other European Union states also recognised Mr. Guaido on Monday.
Mr. Guaido declared himself president last month and was recognised by the US and a number of Latin American states. Russia and China back President Nicolas Maduro.
Petra Kvitová is due to give evidence on Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of causing her serious injury. The world tennis number two was attacked in her home in December 2016 and suffered severe injuries to her main playing hand. The alleged perpetrator, 33-year-old Radim Žondra, faces up to 12 years in jail if found guilty. Kvitová has requested that she be allowed to give evidence outside the courtroom, so as not to have to face her suspected assailant. It is not clear when a verdict will be delivered in the case.