Chief prosecutor in Babiš case proposing suspended sentence and 10 million crown fine

The state attorney in the prosecution case against the former prime minister Andrej Babiš who stands accused of EU fraud has proposed a three year suspended sentence and a fine of 10 million crowns. The chief prosecutor likewise proposed a suspended sentence for Babiš’ former aide, Jana Nagyová along with a fine of 500.000 crowns.

Mr. Babiš and Jana Nagyová stand accused of fraud for falsely creating the impression that the Stork’s Nest company, which was connected to Babiš’s conglomerate Agrofert, met grant conditions as a small or medium-sized business, in order to fraudulently acquire around CZK 50 million in EU subsidies. The trial follows a seven-year investigation and is at the centre of media attention in view of the fact that Mr. Babiš is one of the hot candidates in the presidential race. Both claim they are innocent of any wrongdoing.