Norwegian speaker of parliament declines to discuss Michalák brothers case

Olemic Thommessen, the speaker of parliament in Norway on a visit to the Czech Republic, declined on Monday to comment on a high-profile case involving a Czech mother, Eva Michaláková, living in Norway whose children were placed in foster homes. The two boys - now aged six and nine - are thought to have been taken from their mother and father over alleged sexual abuse; but the Norwegian authorities have refused to make the information public to protect the children’s privacy. Mr Thommessen is to meet with the Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, when it is expected the case will be discussed.

Author: Jan Velinger