published: 18.09.2013, 18:03 | updated: 18.09.2013 18:20:25
Prague - Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, leader of the ANO movement, will sue TOP 09 deputy chairmen Miroslav Kalousek and Marek Zenisek for their claim that he was a collaborator of the StB communist secret police, he said in a written statement sent to CTK today.
Kalousek told Novinky.cz news server today that TOP 09 would not cooperate with the ANO movement because Babis was an informer of the communist secret police before 1989.
"I cannot imagine TOP 09 either cooperating on a government level with ANO or forming a coalition with ANO whose chairman was a communist snitch," Zenisek told today´s daily Pravo.
Babis said he had never collaborated with the StB and never informed it on anybody.
He said the StB investigated him, but he did not sign any cooperation with it.
Babis said the StB had his file making him an agent without his consent. He added that he even had not known about the existence of his file.
He recalled that a court dispute is going on in Slovakia, in which he wants to disprove that he signed any collaboration with the StB. The Slovak National Memory Institute lists Babis among the StB agents.
Babis is of Slovak origin.
It ensues from the file the StB kept on Babis that he was an informer of the StB from 1980 and in 1982 he became an StB agent. In the 1980s, Babis worked in the Petrimex foreign trade company. In 1985, the StB reportedly interrupted cooperation with him because he left for a long business trip to Morocco.
Kalousek pointed out that while TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg supported Czech dissidents from abroad, Babis helped the communist regime suppress these dissidents.
Kalousek is one of the least popular Czech politicians. Many criticise his ties with arms dealer Richard Hava whose firm won many state contracts, among others.
Babis, 58, is the owner of the Agrofert Holding, a farming, food-processing and chemical giant with some 28,000 employees. He recently bought the leading Czech media group Mafra.
In 2011, he founded the ANO movement and started developing its structure, set up branches in all parts of the country.
Babis pointed out that he would run the state in the same way he is running his company. He fiercely criticises politicians and presents himself as a successful man of action. ANO is a centre-right movement, putting stress on low taxes, support to business, pro-employment strategies and slimming down the state.
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