Prague High Court rules on Stork’s Nest case

The Prague High Court on Thursday ruled on an appeal in the Stork’s Nest case in which the former prime minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš and his former adviser Jana Nagyová were acquitted of EU fraud by the Prague Municipal Court in January. The court ruled in a closed hearing. The outcome of Thursday’s appeal ruling will not be disclosed until it has been delivered to the prosecutor and defence lawyers. However, according to legal experts contacted by the ctk news agency, the procedure indicates that the Prague High Court decided to return the case to the Prague Municipal Court for a new hearing.

Mr. Babiš and his former adviser stood trial for manipulating ownership rights to the Stork’s Nest company, which was part of his multi-billion crown empire, so that it could meet EU grant conditions for a small and medium-sized business.