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Czech protesters call for resignation of justice minister amid case against PM

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Around 20 000 people have gathered in Prague and other Czech cities to show opposition to the appointment of a new Justice Minister who, the protesters fear, could meddle with a criminal case against the Czech Prime Minister.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that Marie Benešová was named to head the Czech Justice Ministry last week after the resignation of her predecessor. Protesters have expressed concerns she would seek to protect Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who potentially faces a fraud trial.

Czech police said on April 17 that the Prime Minister and others should stand trial for fraud, handing the case to prosecutors.

The investigation against Babiš, who is a billionaire with business interests in media, food industry and chemicals, centers on allegations he hid ownership of a farm and convention center a decade ago to get a 2 million euro European Union subsidy for small businesses.

The Czech Prime Minister himself has denied being guilty and stressed Benešová appointment was not a threat to the Czech justice system.


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