Prosecutor given month to decide on Babiš charge over fraud case

State attorney Jaroslav Šaroch has one month to decide on whether to indict Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in connection with a case of alleged subsidy fraud. Mr. Šaroch has received an order to that effect from his superior, Czech media outlets reported on Tuesday.

Detectives gathering fresh evidence related to suspicions the prime minister unlawfully obtained CZK 50 million in subsidies for a conference centre named Stork’s Nest were reported on Monday to have turned the file over to the State Attorney’s Office and proposed the filing of fresh charges.

The prosecution of Mr. Babiš and an associate was halted in 2019 for lack of evidence. However, it was later restarted on review by a former supreme state attorney.

The prime minister denies any wrongdoing.

Author: Ian Willoughby