Prague, Czech Republic – In a statement released on Friday, the Czech branch of international corruption watchdog Transparency International announced it was suing Prime Minister Andrej Babis for slander.
TI’s complaint was filed at the regional court in Prague. “The attacks of Andrej Babis are a targeted effort to damage our reputation”, David Ondračka, head of the Czech branch of Transparency International, said.
Transparency International is thus making good on its promise that, if Andrej Babis didn’t publicly apologize for derogatory comments he made towards the NGO, they would take the matter to court.
Transparency International and David Ondračka, an outspoken critic of the PM, have repeatedly claimed that Babis’ comments and “false accusations” describing the organization as “corrupt” are damaging the NGO’s reputation and standing.
Yet another judicial battle awaiting the Czech Prime Minister, for whom problems have been accumulating in recent months.
Babis is facing several domestic and EU investigations, including some launched at the request of Transparency International, on alleged conflict of interest and EU subsidy fraud; has had to deal with the biggest mass protests organized in the Czech Republic since the fall of communism, with over 250,000 people calling for his resignation; and is stuck in a power-play that might possibly bring down his government in the coming days or weeks.