published: 05.11.2013, 15:03 | updated: 05.11.2013 15:06:49
Prague - Andrej Babis, head of the ANO movement, has not asked Czech authorities for the lustration certificate as he cannot see any reason to do so, Babis wrote to CTK today.
Before 1989, the communist secret police StB kept a file of Babis as its collaborator codenamed Bures. Agro tycoon Babis, born and raised in Slovakia, says his name figures among StB agents unrightfully and seeks exoneration in court proceedings that are underway in Slovakia.
The court is to decide on the case in January at the earliest.
In 1991 the Czechoslovak parliament passed the lustration (screening) law that bans former StB collaborators, former members of the People's Militia communist para-military units and Communist senior apparatchiks from high posts in the civil service.
Babis's ANO finished second with almost 19 percent of the vote in the late October general election.
If he is to be in the next government, Babis will almost certainly need the lustration certificate confirming that he was not an StB agent.
President Milos Zeman said earlier this month that he would demand that all candidates for ministerial posts have it.
Constitutional lawyer Jan Kysela has said if the Slovak court exonerates Babis, this will probably considerably influence the decision of the Czech Interior Ministry that issues the lustration certificates here.
Babis said recently if the ANO were to go to the government, it would be "a quite a problem" without it.
He said he would only deal with the certificate after the situation arose.
Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka, who is in charge of the talks on the new coalition government as head of the winning party, said he believed the demand for the negative certificate for ministers should not basically complicate the talks on the new government.
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