Politicians should not try to discredit OLAF without any evidence, Pavel Telička said
9. 1. 2018
Politicians should not attack OLAF without evidence, Pavel Telička told journalists during his press briefing on Monday. He responded to the statements of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and vice-chair of the ANO movement Jaroslav Faltýnek.
“It is unfortunate if not unacceptable for Prime Minister Andrej Babis to question the authority of the EU Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) without any evidence,” Czech deputy chairman of the European Parliament Pavel Telička said. In his opinion this statement harms democracy both on the national and European level as the credibility of a respected and independent institution is called into question. And it is also one of the things that does not help improve the Czech position in the EU.
“I respect the presumption of innocence. Andrej Babiš can defend himself by relevant procedural means. It is his right. However, I cannot accept his statements against OLAF,” Telička said, “it is very unfortunate and societally harmful if the authority of the relevant body is undermined, while no clear evidence is presented.” Telička added that OLAF theoretically may make mistakes on a certain aspect, but it is necessary to prove them through appropriate procedures.