Press: Trial of businessman Janoušek to begin in July with media permitted in court

The trial of influential Prague businessman Roman Janoušek on a charge of attempted murder will begin in July, Lidové noviny reported on Tuesday. Judge Tomáš Kubovec told the newspaper he would allow the media to be present in court for what is likely to be one of the most closely watched cases of the year in the Czech Republic. Mr. Janoušek was arrested last year after knocking down another driver and speeding away in a state of apparent inebriation. 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.

Author: Ian Willoughby