PRAGUE (Reuters) – Thousands of Czechs filled the center of Prague and other cities for a second week in a row to protest against the appointment of a new justice minister who they say they fear could meddle with a criminal case involving the prime minister.
Marie Benesova was named to head the Justice Ministry last week after the resignation of her predecessor. Protesters say they are worried she will try to protect Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who potentially faces a fraud trial.
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The case against Babis, a billionaire with business interests in media, food and chemicals, centers on allegations he hid ownership of a farm and convention center a decade ago to get a 2 million euro EU subsidy for small businesses.
He has denied wrongdoing and calls the case politically motivated. He said Benesova’s appointment was not a threat to the justice system.
Monday - Protest - Week - Organizers - People
Monday’s protest was larger than a week ago. Organizers estimated at least 20,000 people filled Prague’s Old Town Square, according to CTK news agency. Police did not give...
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