Transparency claims Babiš still controlling Agrofert

Transparency International Czech Republic has filed a complaint against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on the grounds of information which suggests that although he put his billion-crown conglomerate Agrofert into a trust fund to comply with the conflict of interests law, he is still the person controlling the company.

Transparency says that in the Slovak Register of Public Sector Partners the company Agrofert has five controlling persons on record. Four of them can be removed by the fifth person who is at the same time irrevocable. This controlling person and one of the end users of benefits is reportedly Andrej Babiš.

Transparency says the findings may have serious implications both as regards the conflict of interest law and EU funding policies.

Prime Minister Babiš has dismissed the accusations as nonsensical.