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Andrej Babiš Jr. appeared in court on Friday to testify in his father’s subsidy lawsuit. In front of journalists, he repeated that the events surrounding Chapi’s Nest had made his father not only a white horse, but a fool. The leader of the anti-ANO movement and former Prime Minister Babish Sr. announced in advance that he would not attend his son’s resignation, which he complied with.
Babis Jr. arrived on foot alone at the court building in the center of Prague about ten minutes before the hearing began. Dozens of photographers, videographers and journalists were waiting for him. He said he wasn’t worried about his safety. He justified this, saying that if anything happened to him, it would be suicide for his father “after doing something stupid in Crimea in 2017”. Alluded to the fact that he was kidnapped to the Crimea in 1998 and prevented from testifying about the transfer of shares in Farma Čapí hnízdo.
“I’m not ready to give a speech. I’m just a witness,” Babis’ son, who lives in Switzerland, said on Friday. He added that the fact that he came to defend himself personally was a win for him.
Video: Twitter / Jan Horák
Friday’s main trial began with an unscheduled short questioning of a journalist who spoke with one of the witnesses to the incident on Thursday. His two other witnesses take turns before the young Babis.
According to the indictment, in 2007 Babiš Sr. arranged for Farma Čapí hnízdo to be removed from Aggrofeld’s ownership and the shares to be sold to his children and partners. According to the indictment, he did so to appear to meet the conditions of a $50 million subsidy for small businesses. Babish’s son claims that the signature on the share transfer deed is not his. He is the only member of the former prime minister’s family who decided to testify. In the case of Babish’s wife Monica, her brother Martin Herodes and the former Prime Minister’s daughter Adriana Bovekova, the court had to use their brief statements from preliminary proceedings.
“What Andrej Babis knew and didn’t know will be the key to the court. The defense and the prosecution are ready. It will depend on what they do.” Video: Daniela Pisalovicova
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