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Think US politics are bad? The Czech PM allegedly kidnapped his own son in a fraud scandal

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Babis is the Czech Republic’s second-richest man.
By Max de Haldevang
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Yet another controversial rightwing billionaire leader is in political turmoil over a scandal involving his son.

Czech prime minister Andrej Babis and his son Andrej Babis Jr. are mired in a far stranger affair than the infamous Trump Tower meeting, for which US presidential son Donald Trump Jr. now reportedly believes he will be indicted.

Babis Jr. alleges that his father had him kidnapped, in an attempt to stop him from testifying in a fraud investigation into both father and son. The prime minister allegedly gave Babis Jr. the offer of taking an “extended holiday” in Russian-annexed Crimea or being sent to a mental institution. However, once he got to Crimea, he was forcibly detained by two Russians, one of whom had previously treated him in a Prague psychiatric hospital, and taken to a mental hospital, he reportedly told Czech TV channel Seznam.

Facing calls to step down, his father has denied having him kidnapped. Writing on Facebook, the billionaire implied his son had made the comments due to mental illness, while adding, for no apparent reason, that his daughter is bipolar.

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