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Tycoon Babiš denies collaboration with ŠtB secret service, claims he only provided expertise

Slovak businessman Andrej Babiš, who currently lives and works mainly in the Czech Republic, has denied collaborating with the communist-era ŠtB secret police.

Slovak businessman Andrej Babiš, who currently lives and works mainly in the Czech Republic, has denied collaborating with the communist-era ŠtB secret police.

The Sme daily reported on June 7 that, according to Babiš, the ŠtB file on him and his alleged collaboration was faked. He is suing the Nation's Memory Institute (ÚPN) for registering him as a collaborator, claiming he was only asked by the ŠtB to provide expertise regarding phosphates imported from Syria.

Pavel Začek of the ÚPN said that a whole ŠtB file has never been fabricated without at least some reason. Lawyers for Babiš, who owns Ecopress, which publishes the Hospodárske Noviny daily, say he was neither an agent, nor knowingly cooperated with the police.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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