Czech Former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis will face trial after the prosecution indicted him in a fraud case involving European Union subsidies.
The transfer introduced on Monday by Prague’s public prosecution workplace got here weeks after lawmakers within the decrease home of the Czech Parliament agreed on March 3 to elevate Babis’ immunity from prosecution for his alleged involvement within the $2 million fraud.
That call allowed the prosecutors to finish their assessment of the case and go forward with Babis’ indictment. It was repeatedly advisable by police investigators.
Babis, a populist billionaire, denies any wrongdoing and has repeatedly stated the allegations towards him have been politically motivated.
“I’ve by no means performed something unlawful, up to now or in politics,” Babis stated on Monday. “I will show it on the court docket.”
The prosecution stated Prague’s Municipal Courtroom will take over the case. A date for the trial has not been instantly set.
The allegations contain a farm that acquired EU subsidies after its possession was transferred from the Babis-owned Agrofert conglomerate of round 250 corporations to Babis’ members of the family. Later, Agrofert once more took possession of the farm.
The subsidies have been meant for medium- and small-sized companies, and Agrofert wouldn’t have been eligible for them.
Lawmakers twice earlier than lifted Babis’ immunity from prosecution within the case that dates to 2007. The prosecutors needed to ask them to do it once more following October’s parliamentary election.
Babis’ ANO (YES) political motion misplaced the election. A coalition of 5 events shaped a brand new authorities, and ANO ended up in opposition.