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Former president Kováč must apologise to Lexa, court confirms
2 Nov 2012 Flash News
The latest turn in the dispute surrounding the 1995 abduction of the son of then-president Michal Kováč came on Tuesday, October 30, the Sme daily reports. After the Regional Court in Bratislava ruled in June 2011 that ex-president Kováč must apologise to former head of the SIS intelligence service Ivan Lexa and pay him €3,319 for statements the former made about the latter in connection with the alleged abduction of Kováč's son, the Constitutional Court has rejected Kováč’s objection against the verdict as “inadmissible”.
Kováč, who is 82 and in poor health, expressed astonishment about the wording “inadmissible objection”. When still in the office, he said that the SIS was behind the abduction of his son and that Lexa, as its head, must have known about it. The case of abduction of Michal Kováč Jr. was never fully investigated due to amnesties issued by then prime minister Vladimír Mečiar, who at the time was also acting as president.
The Regional Court wrote in its reasoning for the June 2011 verdict that even if Kováč's claims were proved to be true, he was not authorised to influence the public by stating this as a statement of fact connecting Lexa with criminal – and unproven – activity. Kováč has refused to apologise, Sme wrote, and wants to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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