Czech police ask parliament to allow prosecution of prospective PM Babis

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 21, 2017 4:17 AM

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech police have requested parliament lift the immunity of prospective prime minister Andrej Babis to allow prosecution in a case involving alleged fraud of European Union subsidies, CTK news agency reported on Tuesday.

Police suspect Babis was involved in an alleged fraud of 2 million euros worth of EU subsidies for a farm and convention center. Babis denies any wrongdoing and has called the charges politically motivated.

The lower house had voted in September to allow his prosecution although Babis won immunity again following an October election that his ANO party won by a wide margin.

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(Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Alison Williams)