Prague, Feb 25 (CTK) – The Prague police have again launched prosecution of three activists, who replaced the flag flying over the presidential palace with huge red boxer shorts, of breach of peace, theft and damaging other’s property, daily Pravo wrote on Thursday, citing a source close to the investigation.
Petr Zilka, from the activist group, confirmed this to CTK. “Our lawyer received the accusations,” he said.
The activists face up to three years in prison if the suspected crimes are proved, the paper writes.
In October, a court rejected the charges in shortened proceedings. The judge said it was unclear whether the activists damaged the palace roof or whether the roof had been damaged before they climbed it. The damage was estimated at approximately 90,000 crowns.
Three members of the Ztohoven artistic group, known for its provocative interferences in public affairs and hoaxes, replaced the presidential flag on the roof of Prague Castle with giant red boxer shorts on September 19.
They released a video of the “performance” on Facebook, saying “the proper flag of a man who is not ashamed of anything finally flies above Prague Castle.” In a poem mocking Zeman, Ztohoven criticised him for siding with China and Russia. Most Czechs were amused by the incident, an opinion poll showed.