Experts will assess the mental state of Babis Jr. on behalf of the court – Brno Daily
André Babis Jr.’s trial is still ongoing. Photo credit: Freepik
Prague, September 26 (CTK) – Psychologists and psychiatrists will assess the mental state of Andrej Babis Jr before November 30 as part of the Capi hnizdo trial for alleged subsidy fraud from his father, the billionaire and former Prime Minister Andrej Babis Sr (ANO), following a decision rendered today by Judge Jan Sott.
Babis Jr. testified in court on September 16. He told the court that he had no idea that his father transferred the shares of the Farma Capi hnizdo company to him in the late 2000s and that he never signed any document on the transfer. He said he only later signed a document in the headquarters of his father’s giant Agrofert holding company without reading its contents.
Babis Jr said his father transferred the shares to him without his knowledge, making him a straw man.
A handwriting expert concluded that it appeared the signature on the stock transfer was not made by Babis Jr.
Babis Sr has previously dismissed his son’s claims, saying his son suffers from schizophrenia, is unable to testify and has been abused by journalists.
Prosecutor Jaroslav Saroch proposed that Andrej Babis Jr’s mental state be checked by experts and the judge accepted his request.
Along with Babis Sr, his former assistant Jana Nagyova was also charged. They both plead not guilty; if found guilty, they face up to ten years in prison. The prosecution proposed suspended sentences and fines as punishment. Nagyova is currently a candidate for the post of senator and has qualified for the second round in the Jihlava constituency, to face Senate President Milos Vystrcil (ODS) next weekend.
The prosecution alleges that in late 2007 and 2008, Babis Sr orchestrated the divestiture of Farma Capi Hnizdo from Agrofert and the sale of the shares to his children and his partner, in order for the company to externally meet the criteria for receive a CZK 50 million grant designated for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Sott said that if the presentation of evidence goes as planned, closing speeches for the trial could be delivered before the end of the year. Hearings will take place from December 19 to 22.
Farma Capi Hnizdo would not have received a loan from HSBC bank to build a leisure and conference center without the support of Agrofert, former HSBC employee Filip Koutny told the court today.
Koutny said the bank knew that Farma Capi Hnizdo was linked to Agrofert, and the documents also showed that.
Czech media previously reported that Babis was named the owner of Capi Hnizdo in those documents.
Koutny said Agrofert’s chief financial officer, Petra Prochazkova, told him that Capi hnizdo was originally intended to be Babis’ private project, but that plan later changed. Prochazkova is due to testify in court this week.
Former HSBC chief executive Frantisek Kopriva also told the court today that he had information that Capi Hnizdo was an Agrofert-owned project.
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