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European Court of Human Rights' verdicts binding for CE members
15 Jun 2007 Flash News
Slovakia's Supreme Court decided in favour of Slovakia’s lower courts on June 13 and against the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The lower courts fined a journalist Sk15,000 (€440) in 1997 for violating the libel law - despite the fact that the European court ruled last autumn that the Slovak courts had violated Martin Klein's rights as a journalist, the Sme daily reported on June 14.
The courts in Košice found Klein guilty of libel for an article he wrote in the Domino Efekt weekly about Bratislava-Trnava Archbishop Ján Sokol, after the latter had appeared on television in 1997.
Lawyer Jozef Vozár of the State and Law Institute disagrees however, saying that the Strasbourg court's rulings are binding for Slovak courts.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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