Czech press survey - January 3

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03.01.2014 07:43

Prague - The aim of the Czech detectives investigating Wednesday´s death of Palestinian ambassador Jamal Al Jamal in a safe explosion may be incompatible with the aim of the "high-level" Palestinian team assisting in the investigation, Zbynek Petracek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.

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Rezidence palestinského velvyslance v Praze-Suchdole (na snímku 2. ledna). ČTK Doležal Michal

Do the Palestinian investigators really want to disclose the truth or do they rather want the Palestinian government to appear in the best possible light? Petracek asks.

He points to some antagonist statements Palestinian representatives made on Thursday. Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said the exploded safe had not been opened in the past 20 years, while the Prague embassy spokesman asserted that the safe had been used and opened frequently, Petracek writes.

By their respective statements, each of them probably wanted to make a different impression, he says.

Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said information about the investigation will be jointly presented by the Czech authorities and the Palestinian team of investigators. Will they present only the information on which both parties agreed beforehand?

Or will the Czech and Palestinian teams present information separately? If so, their presentations would most probably differ, Petracek concludes.

Czechs are "unbearably" short of information linked to the Palestinian ambassador´s death surrounded by many questions and speculations, Teodor Marjanovic writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD), referring to the yet unspecified killing explosive and the weapons that the Czech police uncovered at the Palestinian embassy.

Diplomats enjoy immunity as foreign country´s representatives. However, if they want to keep friendly relations with the host country, they should behave transparently and accommodatingly in tense situations such as the present one, Marjanovic writes.

Their failure to do so immensely harms their credibility, he says.

An impression has been created that the ambassador himself is to blame for his death. This, however, changes nothing about the comprehensive explanation the Palestinians owe to the Czech public, Marjanovic writes.

It would be imprudent of the Palestinians if they tried to keep their face at any cost and started making excuses and unclear statements in an effort to sweep the affair under the carpet, Marjanovic writes.

If the Palestinians want to enjoy respect of Czechs, they must disclose the truth immediately, he adds.

In Hospodarske noviny (HN), Petr Honzejk in his article applauds the Constitutional Court´s (US) statement that David Rath, former MP and regional governor suspected of corruption, stayed in custody for an unnecessarily long time.

There was definitely no reason to extend Rath´s custody stay that finally lasted 1.5 year, from May 2012 to November 2013. The state attorney and lower-level courts´ argument that Rath, if released, may continue his criminal activities or leave the Czech Republic were very fragile from the beginning, Honzejk writes.

By its verdict the US made it clear that custody must not be misused either as a preliminary punishment or a method of investigation, he says.

Katerina Simackova and Ludvik David, the new Constitutional Court judges who made the decision, have pushed the Czech Republic closer towards a genuine law-abiding state, Honzejk writes.

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