Czech PM candidate to face secret-police trial again
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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia's
The court based in the eastern city of Kosice ruled at the request of Slovakia's Institute of the Nation's Memory, which holds parts of Slovak-born billionaire Andrej Babis' secret-police files.
Some of the files had been destroyed but the institute said 12 of them that survived contain evidence that Babis was an agent.
Babis denies that, and Slovak courts previously ruled that there was no proof for the allegation.
Babis' ANO movement is a clear
Thursday's verdict that cannot be appealed returns the case to a regional court in Bratislava. But to clear his name, Babis will have to sue the Slovak Interior Ministry, and not the institute any more, the court ruled.
In his first reaction, Babis told local media he will sue the ministry and "we will win the fight again."
It could be a further complication for Babis, a former finance minister, after he was recently charged by Czech police with fraud linked to EU subsidies.