High Czech legal professional guidelines PM Babis’s fraud investigation to proceed

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FILE PHOTO: Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis attends a information convention following the talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev, Ukraine November 19, 2019. Information/Valentyn Ogirenko

PRAGUE (Information) – The highest Czech state legal professional mentioned on Wednesday that Prime Minister Andrej Babis could be investigated additional for fraud in a case involving European Union subsidies, reversing an earlier determination to drop the matter.

Babis, a billionaire businessman, had been investigated on suspicion of illegally tapping 2 million euros in subsidies to construct a convention middle outdoors Prague a decade in the past, earlier than he entered politics.

He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and rejected calls to resign over the case. There was no rapid response from Babis to the state legal professional’s announcement.

The core of the investigation is allegations that Babis had hidden the possession of the resort and convention middle Stork Nest so it will qualify for EU funding that was meant just for small companies.

Supreme State Legal professional Pavel Zeman mentioned he disagreed with arguments of the Prague state legal professional, who had dropped the case in September, and despatched it again for additional investigation and a brand new ruling.

The choice is the second piece of unhealthy information for Babis this week.

Czech media reported that the European Fee had discovered a battle of curiosity on Babis’s half as prime minister and as beneficiary of belief funds holding his chemical substances, media, meals and different belongings, which acquired numerous EU subsidies. [L8N28E1FE]

Babis has denied any wrongdoing in that case as properly.

The Fee has declined to touch upon the outcomes of its audit as a result of the process remains to be ongoing.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Modifying by Gareth Jones