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Missing Czech girl: Day 24

In Law,Prague on November 6, 2010 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

It has been 24 days since Anna Janatkova, 9, from Prague disappeared. The girl vanished on the way home from school in Troja, which is a rather upscale neighborhood. The police searched the area several times and found the girl’s backpack and a water bottle she had in school. They even arrested a suspect whose DNA was found on the backpack. The man (who has a worrying criminal record) claimed to only have touched the backpack and the supervising judge ordered that the man be released from custody. The next day the man “vanished”, too.

No new clues so far. Except for the fact that Anna was not kidnapped for money. Her father offered CZK 3.5 million in a televised speech and so far no kidnappers have contacted anyone.

American readers might be surprised to hear that a nine-year old walks home from school alone (or with a friend). The answer is that this is totally normal in the Czech Republic. (1) Streets are pedestrian-friendly almost everywhere, let alone in neighborhoods like Troja in Prague. (2) We do not have schoolbuses here, so kids are not picked up outside their schools and brought to their doorsteps. There are special public transportation lines that are routed as schoolbuses, though (large cities only).

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Barack Obama’s Czech “friend” will serve six years in prison

In Law,Life,World on May 28, 2010 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

A woman from the Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic, who only completed junior high tricked numerous college grads, including lawyers, into lending her huge amounts of money. The woman gained their trust by her good and regular “contacts with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin”, the DENIK daily reports.

More than twenty people lost almost CZK 10 million. They were approached by the woman who claimed to have been in the process of settling a huge inheritance proceeding, the amount of which exceeded that of the state budget of the Czech Republic (!!! -ed.). She promised to pay back way more than she would borrow.

She faked telephone conversations with Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin in front of her victims. They bought that, even though she spoke Czech and on a pay phone. Some of the victims later testified that they thought that there was some kind of automatic interpreting technology.

The woman also claimed to have been controlled by a “puppet master”. On the other hand she decided to accept the verdict and she did not appeal against it.

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First Czech sentenced to “house arrest” to do time

In Law on February 2, 2010 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,

House arrest is a new form of “sentence” in the Czech penal code. The first Czech “convict” to be sentenced to house arrest started to do time yesterday. However, his sentence is limited to curfew between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., the Blesk daily reports.

Mr. Stefan Rolnik was sentenced to one-year house arrest for battery. Furthemore, the court also ordered the man to refrain from drinking alcohol for the same period of time, as he was intoxicated during the attack.

People sentenced to house arrest will be supervised by probation officers who will make sure the convicts comply with the conditions of the sentence. In case of any violation the person must automatically go to prison. Rolnik, who has two children, was quoted by the daily as saying that he is of course happy to be with his family under the defined circumstances…

According to the daily, the inspections must be frequent since the digital bracelets are not available yet.

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Brno tram driver publishes footage of pickpockets on YouTube

In Brno,Law,Life on October 10, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , ,

Brno is a relatively small town and it has three “key transfer points” where pickpockets like to get on and off trams and rob people as they enter the vehicles. All they have to do is “create a crowd” in which the victims have to stop or where they lose control over their luggage (purses, most often). And tram drivers know there characters really well: some of them use the PA to announce “dear passengers, please pay particular attention to your belongings”, and some of them publish footage of the pickpockets on YouTube… Like this guy…

Gotta say, he is really brave. His face can be seen and recognized in some videos (from the tram depot, for example), and so some friends of these Roma pickpockets can look him up and beat the hell out of him…

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Pointless vandalism: when idiots need to sign a wall on a train

In Law,Life on August 22, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

(c) Petr Bokuvka

(c) Petr Bokuvka

I generally hate people who commit crimes but lately I have been thinking I have more “understanding” for people who rob passengers in trams than for individuals who commit what may be qualified as misdemeanors — but totally pointless ones.

There is a difference between a graffiti “artist” and a person who steals a wallet: they might desperately need the money to buy food or illegal drugs, or to repay a loan to a loan shark. And so, often the crime is the last resort. It is illegal, but they “must” do it.

The son of a bitch who writes his tag on a train wall deserves his hand to be cut off. There is NO way to excuse or explain this behavior. It is pointless. It is a sport they do for FUN, so it is not like they can not live without it, and they do not do it to resolve some kind of life situation…

I know there is no way to fight this. These SOB’s always make sure noone is coming, they do their thing within seconds and they leave (which is the case of the writing on the left). But there ARE some Asian countries that have very strict forms of punishment for this and it does seem to work.

The worst thing is that these vandals damage private property (usually newly renovated facades of privately-owned buildings where all apartment owners had to chip in!!!). If there was a draft law according to which anyone who is caught damaging anything with graffiti tags would have their two fingers cut off, I would support it. But if the police brought the robber who stole my wallet to me to decide about the punishment, I would not insist on pressing charges if I were told that he was, let’s say, a homeless person who just needed the money.

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Research: sixty percent of Czechs support the death penalty

In Law on July 13, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

deathAccording to a recent poll that was conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre sixty percent of Czechs would support death penalty, i.e. its existence within the Czech penal code, the Prazsky denik daily wrote.

That’s six out of ten.

In other words, the number of people who oppose it has been increasing. During the early 1990’s 87 percent were for and 13 against…”Injustice” and “wrongfully accused” are the most frequent arguments. The difference between the Czech Republic and the United States is that we do not have juries here… people who are sentenced for life (a HUGE exception here) are “found guilty” by a court (usually three judges).

The last person was executed in what is now Czech Republic (i.e. the western part of the former Czechoslovakia) in February 2, 1989.

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Masaryk University: Plagiarists beware! Our new program will hunt you down

In Education & Science on June 24, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

muMasaryk Univesity in Brno has become a pioneer when it comes to fighting plagiarism. A while ago it introduced a program that can identify parts of texts that students have copied from previous works handed in at the university. Now it introduced a new web-based program called Odevzdej.cz (“Hand it in”) that goes even deeper, the iDNES.cz news server wrote.

The original program was called Theses and it could detect plagiarism in, well, theses. But the school officials found out that students cheat in minor works most often, the server wrote. However, the system will not recognize the entire Internet contents. It is impossible, MU experts say. According to TV Nova the system can check the authenticity before the assignment is handed in: students just copy their text into the system and their teachers receive an e-mail stating whether any part of the particular thesis has been “borrowed”…

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Czech teacher sex tape: the woman will not face prosecution

In Education & Science,Law,Love on May 29, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

The English teacher from the Czech town of Znojmo who was taped having sex with a former student (18) while her current student (16) watched and commented will not go to jail, the iDNES.cz news server writes.

Miroslava Prillerova, 29, was given a “trial period” of two years by the district attorney, so the punishment is not even court-ordered (as in “suspension of sentence” pursuant to the Czech penal code).

According to the news server the woman faced imprisonment for up to two years as she was having sex in front of a minor (ironically, the age of consent is 15). The police were also investigating whether the publication of the video on the Internet was illegal and the answer is no.

Prillerova left the school on her own shortly after the scandal surfaced, while her bosses were discussing “legal ways to fire her” (even before a trial).

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The City of Brno to remove illegal graffiti. It will cost us two million

In Brno on April 26, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

The Council of the City of Brno agreed that the municipality shall pay TWO million for the removal of illegal graffiti on buildings in 22 streets of downtown Brno. This “street art” is probably the most pointless form of  “petty crime” there is… and I would be a loud supporter of corporal punishment. I know the Czech Republic is a civilized country, but a young man who spray-paints his “tag” on a 19th century facade of a building that has recenly been renovated for 4 million (an actual example from down the street) is not civilised. I think this country would use some laws that are applicable in Singapore…

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Nazi swastika spray-painted on a house owned by the city

In Brno,Law on April 13, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: ,

The municipality of the City of Brno (or one of its boroughs) does not care much about its property. It has been ignoring a serious violation of the law. Some vandal spray-painted the Nazi swastika on the facade of an old “apartment building” owned by the city. True, the city owns many buildings and it can not guard and control them all, but still…

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According to the Czech Penal Code it is against the law to “promote movements that oppress people” (rough translation). In other words, swastika in public is against the law, even if spray-painted as an act of vandalism that does not reflect the graffiti author’s actual political views. I am almost sure that this act of vandalism is football-related…

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A private house (wall/fence/etc.) owner can be ordered by authorities to remove such graffiti at their own expense and they can seek compensation in court if the vandal is actually convicted. I wonder why it does not work the same way with a house that is owned by the city.

The truth is that the house is not located on a busy street in terms of pedestrian numbers and drivers who drive by have to pay attention to traffic lights. On the other hand, it can be seen by foreign tourists who arrive at the Zvonarka bus terminal. It is right across the street.

NOTE: the house is not abandoned/evicted. Coincidentally, only the first floor apartment that can be seen on this photo happens to be empty.

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