Monica, the wife of former Prime Minister Andrei Babis (ANO), has exercised her right not to testify. She was to testify before the Prague City Court in a case concerning subsidies for the construction of the Chapi Hnizhd complex. Other witnesses summoned this morning also refused to testify – Monica’s brother Martín Herodes, the daughter of Adriana Bovekova, the former Prime Minister’s first marriage, and Rüek Karivoda. Andrej Babiš Jr. hopes to come testify on Friday.

Unlike other witnesses, Bovekova did not arrive in court on Wednesday at all. She excused herself on the grounds of her health, but Judge Jan Schott no longer summons her because she has already stated in her apology that she exercises her right not to testify. . On the contrary, according to the crime commission chairman, her brother wants to contact the court and testify.

Andrej Babiš Jr. first said in court that he was in Switzerland and would not travel. The judge then arranged a teleconference with the Swiss in October, which he arranged, but the former prime minister’s son later changed his mind.

Therefore, the court began by reading the statements in preliminary proceedings instead of the statements of witnesses. All of Babish’s family denied any guilt. “We absolutely rule out the possibility that someone has committed a crime in connection with the acquisition of shares,” Monika Babisova previously said. Her statement and that of the former prime minister’s daughter to the police were very brief. Babišová, Bobeková and Herodes previously owned shares in her FarmaČapíhnízdo.

Jaroslav Faltinek, former president of the ANO parliamentary club, is scheduled to testify in the afternoon, while former Central Bohemia Governor Petr Bendel (ODS) will begin his testimony on Thursday.

The indictment alleges that Babis, through his influence and activities, fraudulently created conditions for Farma Čapí hnízdo váiné to meet the requirements to obtain European subsidies for small and medium enterprises. According to prosecutors, he knew the company was linked to an Agrofert company he owned.In February, Jana Nagyová, deputy chairman of the board of FarmaČapíhnízdo, announced that he was planning to build a parliamentary area. Submitted and successfully applied for her €50 million grant. Both defendants face 5 to 10 years in prison for her.

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