Wanted Czech extortionist arrested in Ireland
Arnošt Herman, a 47-year-old Czech citizen wanted in the Czech Republic for fleeing the country before completing a prison sentence for extortion and violent assault has been apprehended in Ireland. Herman was sentenced to six years by a court in Hradec Králové in 2010; he was accused of belonging to an armed gang who loaned money to businesses before resorting to violent methods to secure repayments with exorbitant rates of interest between 2002 and 2008. After fleeing the country, the Czech Republic issued a European Arrest Warrant, seeking his extradition if apprehended by a fellow European nation. Herman was arrested on Monday in County Roscommon in the north of the Republic of Ireland, according to local police. His lawyer has reportedly applied for bail.