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Czech leader to face fraud charges after decision overturned

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 By The Associated Press


In this Oct. 26, 2018 file photo Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis waits in front of his residency in Prague, Czech Republic. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, the Czech Republic's prosecutor general has overturned a previous decision by the prosecution to drop charges against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s prime minister is facing fraud charges after the country’s chief prosecutor overturned a previous decision to drop the case.

Pavel Zeman announced the move Wednesday after evaluating a September finding to dismiss the charges despite a police recommendation to indict Babis.

The case involves a farm that received European Union subsidies after its ownership was transferred from the Agrofert conglomerate owned by the prime minister to members of his family. The prime minister has denied any wrongdoing.

The EU subsidies were meant for medium-sized and small businesses and Agrofert would not have been eligible for them. Later, Agrofert again took ownership of the farm.

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