Former Social Democratic Party deputy Petr Wolf, who has been on the run
since 2013, when he was convicted of subsidy fraud, is hiding in Paraguay,
Czech Television reported citing police sources.
The police reportedly lost trace of him in Paraguay. Although an international arrest warrant has been issued on him, Wolf has so far avoided detention.
The million crown fine meted out by the court was paid in instalments from different destinations, even while the former MP was on the run.
The country’s chief state attorney, Pavel Zeman, has ruled out the
possibility that in the Czech Republic it is possible to order a criminal
prosecution against someone.
He said the allegations made by the newly-appointed justice minister, Marie Benešova, were untrue, saying there were no grounds for such accusations, which undermined public trust in the judiciary.
Justice Minister Benešova claims the opposite, and moreover made the allegations in a report to President Zeman at a time when she was acting as his chief legal advisor.
The document has not been made public, but the minister was called on to clarify her claims before the lower house during the ministerial question-and-answer session on Thursday.
Hygiene officers confiscated more than 80 kilograms of rotting meat at the
SAPA Vietnamese market on Friday, the ctk news agency reported.
The contaminated deliveries included dried fish and beef, frozen poultry and eggs that contained embryos, a state in which they cannot be sold for human consumption. None of the products had any kind of certificate of origin.
Due to frequent malpractices of this kind the SAPA market is kept under close surveillance. In December of last year hygiene officers discovered not only rotten meat but a number of illegal meat warehouses that failed to adhere to the set norms.
Twenty-seven percent of Czechs plan to vote in the European elections later
this month, according to the results of a survey conducted by the polling
The agency notes however that the actual number of voters tends to lower than that declared in polls. Of those who have said they will go to the polls, the majority are people with a university education and the inhabitants of big cities. Also more men plan to cast their vote than women.
The last European elections, in 2014, had an 18 percent turnout.
Czech scientist Zuzana Musilová from Charles University has attracted
international attention with the results of her research indicating that
three types of sea-fish have colour-vision in a deep sea environment.
Vertebrates were previously thought to have only monochrome vision in the dark. In an article published in Science magazine the scientist says the special genes that enable this were likely developer to assist species living in greater depth in the search of food and reproduction.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic dropped to 2.7 percent in April, down
from 3 percent in March, according to data released by the Czech Labour
It is the lowest unemployment rate registered since 1997. According to the statistics 210,000 people are currently out of work. Technically-skilled manual workers are the most sought after.
The record low figure is ascribed to the healthy state of the Czech economy and the beginning of seasonal work.
This year’s Jiří Orten Prize for young authors under the age of 30 went
to the young Czech Japanologist Anna Cima for her novel Probudím se na
Šibuji or I Wake up in Shibuya. The prose debut, set in Japan, searches
for a way of understanding the distant culture of Japan as well as making
sense of today’s world.
The award, named after Czech poet Jiří Orten, comes with 50,000 crowns in prize money. It was presented on Wednesday evening at a ceremony held as part of the Book World Prague 2019.
Crude oil deliveries from the Družba pipeline are expected to be renewed
between May 20 and 22, Pavel Švagr, head of the Administration of State
Material Reserves, told the Czech Television on Thursday.
Imports of Russian crude oil to the Czech Republic and several other EU member states were suspended on April 25 due to a contamination of the oil with high levels of organic chloride.
The oil-refinery in Litvínov, which is currently processing oil from the country’s reserves, will most likely ask the government for another loan.
Czech President Miloš Zeman on Thursday attended the celebrations of
Victory Day at the Russian embassy in Prague. In his speech, given in
Russian, the Czech head of state likened Nazism to Islamic terror and
stressed the need to fight against the evil.
Mr Zeman also highlighted the significant role of the Red Army in the liberation of Europe. The event was also attended by former Czech President Václav Klaus, speaker of the lower house Radek Vondráček and several members of the Communist Party.