The long-awaited operation is here. But the more noise it accompanies in the streets, the quieter it becomes in the boardroom. Three moments from the first day of the trial in the Magpie’s Nest case are worth mentioning.




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Former Prime Minister and President of the ANO Movement Andrej Babiš with his defense attorney in court in the apí hnízdo case | Photo: Rene Volvik | Source: Czech Radio

While Jana Nagyova, former vice-chairman of Chapiho Hénez and director of Agrofert, is charged with subsidy fraud and harm to the financial interests of the European Union, Andrej Babis is accused of aiding in the crime of subsidy fraud. Damage is supposed to reach 50 million kroner. However, Judge Janot noted that Babis is also at risk of expanding the indictment to harm the financial interests of the European Union.

Lukasz Jelinek: Babis in the dock and in front of the General Court

Andrei Babis in his testimony stated that he knew nothing about the circumstances of the support project and only contacted Jana Nagyova with his relatives who implemented the project. He asserted his innocence, complaining about the politicization of the process, saying: “The support was restored, no one was corrupt, and no one gained anything.”

It is also interesting that both Babis and Nagyova refused to answer questions from the other parties and the prosecutor. According to the former prime minister, the reason is that the main investigation is being pursued by a number of media outlets and that the information published can influence witnesses. Thanks to this, the transformation process took a quick turn. At this rate, it could soon be painted illegally.

don’t hold up

The most to be expected is the battle of expert opinions. The investigators, along with the public prosecutor, claim that Babis ensured that the conditions were created for Farma Čapí hnízdo to externally fulfill the requirements for European support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

So, in 2007, it was taken out of Agrofert’s possession, for a while it was in the hands of Babis’ relatives, and then returned to Agrofert again.


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Were the accused teetering on the edge of the law? Did they find a loophole in it? Or did it directly exceed the legal limit? What seems obvious to us as an ordinary person is not always valued equally by fairness. Acting immoral does not always mean committing a crime.

Therefore, public opinion should avoid premature judgments. Especially when the judge’s speech can be heard relatively early, especially in comparison with the investigation and the preparatory stage for the trial.

The metaphorical dungeon with a bunk bed, which the Million Moment Initiative placed in front of the Prague Municipal Court Building, should remain the last event. In the words of Justice Minister Pavel Plachik of the Democratic and Security Party, “Even a politician has the right to a quiet trial.”

Besides, it is not necessary to fear that the leader of the opposition movement ANO will be disrupted. Prosecutor aroch and Judge Šott both have a reputation as fair and uncompromising men. Opening up the process to the public also speaks volumes. Perhaps it will also help our understanding of the law in terms of content and procedures.

Babish worship

The fact that Andrej Babis is the head of the party today, and therefore everything takes on a political dimension, may make us sad, but we can do nothing about it. The court should not consider the matter. On the other hand, his political opponents could not be expected to suddenly feel sorry for Babis.


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After all, his presidential candidacy is on the air, not to mention that if elections were held today, according to the Kantar agency model, the YES movement would be the first to appear on tape. So, Babish set out to unite the electorate through carefully observed tours across the country. They did not do this without his opponents, who are now also interested in the background of court proceedings.

We can lament hundreds of times over the depth of the plunge into Czech politics. Even ministers or governors did not escape prosecution or even conviction. Now we have a former prime minister and a potential president on the bench. However, who will be allowed to run the country is not decided by the people in the robes, but by the voters.

If Babish is to be defeated politically, it is bound to happen in the electoral competition. Whoever wants to succeed against him must come up with a program that will interest the people. Arguing about Babish personally is only a way to build his sect.

The author is a political analyst

Lukas Jelinek

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