Former Czech PM to Go on Trial for Fraud

Czech Republic’s former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is about to stand trial after being charged with fraud involving European Union funds.

Babiš was accused of defrauding the European Union by misusing €2 million in funds meant for small and medium-sized firms to fund one of his own businesses.

Babiš’s immunity had recently been lifted by the Czech parliament, enabling the public prosecutor’s office in Prague to file an indictment against the populist billionaire.

According to prosecutors, the case will be transferred to the Municipal Court of Prague, adding that another person has also been charged along with Babiš.

According to a statement by the Prague prosecutor’s office, one of the suspects “committed the crime of subsidy fraud and harmed the financial interests of the European Union.” 

The fraudulent activities involved Stork’s Nest farm, a company that received EU subsidies, it was then passed to Babiš family from a food industry conglomerate he founded, which consisted of roughly 250 enterprises.

The former Prime Minister vehemently denied the allegations and stated that the allegations are “politically motivated” and “absurd” he also said, “I’ve never done anything illegal, in the past or in politics.” 

Babiš served in the Czech government for one term, from 2017 to 2021, until losing the legislative election last year.

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