Influential businessman Roman Janoušek to face attempted murder charge?

The state attorney has decided to lodge a more serious charge against influential businessman Roman Janoušek, Czech Radio reported. He was arrested last year after, in a state of apparent inebriation, knocking down another driver and speeding away. No details about the requalification of the charge have been given, though Czech Radio said it appeared likely to be attempted murder; that is because the case has been handed to the Prague municipal state attorney’s office, which handles particularly serious crimes.

Janoušek had faced charges of intentional grievous bodily harm. The businessman, who is believed to have been close to former Prague mayor Pavel Bém and other politicians, could face up to 18 years in jail if found guilty of attempted murder.

Author: Ian Willoughby