Sunday, January 6, 2013

News 1.6.2013

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News Sunday, January 6th, 2013

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Senators are preparing a complaint to the Constitutional Court with
regard to the scope of the amnesty declared by President Vaclav Klaus.

* The Civic Democratic Party's coalition partners say the prime
minister failed to inform them about the upcoming amnesty.

* Czech prisons have already released over 6,000 inmates.

* Talks are expected to take place in the coming days regarding the
future of the coalition government.

* Prague City Transport is temporarily reducing the number of trams and
busses in operation.



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Senators to take amnesty to court
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A group of senators across the political spectrum is preparing a
complaint to the Constitutional Court with regard to the scope of the
amnesty declared by President Vaclav Klaus. According to Senator Alena
Dernerova they want to try to get part of the amnesty annulled by the
court. Among the most controversial points of the broad amnesty is the
fact that it will most likely see the release of people suspected of
massive corruption and embezzlement reaching into the top echelons of
power. The opposition has accused the president of sweeping corruption
cases relating to the privatization process from the 1990s under the
carpet.


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PM under fire over amnesty
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Prime Minister Petr Necas, who counter-signed the amnesty has also come
under fire over the decision. Under Czech law the government is
ultimately responsible for the amnesty and the Civic Democratic Party's
coalition partners say they were not informed about the decision.
Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek of TOP 09 has refused to take
responsibility for the controversial amnesty and the head of LIDEM
Karolina Peake has said she expects an explanation at the government's
next session.


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Criminal complaints filed over amnesty
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The Prague State Attorney's Office has confirmed receiving a number of
criminal complaints with regard to the amnesty. A spokesperson for the
office said the complaints were being dealt with but refused to provide
any further details. According to legal experts neither the president
nor the prime minister can be investigated over the matter, not only
because they have political immunity but because such an amnesty is
fully within the president's powers.


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More prisoners released
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In line with the amnesty, Czech prisons have already released over
6,000 inmates. Another one thousand prisoners should be released in the
coming hours. Overall the amnesty will relate to approximately 32
thousand people, among them 14 thousand with suspended sentences, 12
thousand sentenced to community work and 3 thousand currently under
house arrest. Some cases will be closed. The amnestied crimes will not
appear in people's criminal records.


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Talks to be held on government's future
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Talks are expected to take place in the coming days regarding the
future of the coalition government. The smallest party in government,
LIDEM, which announced its decision to leave the coalition in
connection with the sacking of Karolina Peake from the post of defense
minister shortly before Christmas, has nodded to the prime minister's
proposal for fresh negotiations. The talks should address the division
of portfolios after LIDEM was forced to relinquish the defense
ministry. TOP 09 has already said it would be unacceptable for the
Civic Democrats to hold both the transport and defense ministries.


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Social Democrats to support Krecek as deoputy to the Ombudsman
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Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka has said his party would
support lawyer Stanislav Krecek for the post of deputy to the
Ombudsman. Mr. Krecek is one of two nominees for the post proposed by
President Klaus. The other is the former supreme state attorney Renata
Vesecka. The lower house is to vote on the matter by mid-February.


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Prague City Transport announces longer bus and tram intervals
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Prague City Transport is temporarily reducing the number of trams and
busses in operation. A spokesman for the company said this was in
response to lower demand at the start of the year, when the number of
passengers regularly drops by about 10 percent. Between now and
February 17th tram intervals will be extended from ten to twelve
minutes, and from five to six on the main routes. Bus lines will also
have longer intervals.


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Weather
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The start of the week should bring overcast skies and rain with day
temperatures between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius. The weather should
continue mild until mid-January when meteorologists predict sub-zero
temperatures and snow in the lower altitudes.



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Umakart - independent super group back after lengthy absence
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Umakart, who recently released their second LP after a gap of eight
years, are a kind of Czech independent super group whose core consists
of vocalist Jaromir Svejdik (Jaromir 99), a cartoonist and former
member of Priessnitz, guitarist Dusan Neuwirth, a noted producer who's
also in Tata Bojs, and bassist Jan P. Muchow, the leader of the Ecstasy
of St. Theresa and one of the country's top composers of film scores.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/umakart-independent-super-group-back-after-lengthy-absence






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