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Kaník suing Fico for alarmist rumors

The former minister of labour, social affairs and the family, Ľudovít Kaník, who is now head of the Sporiteľ (Saver) civic association, has filed a criminal complaint with the Special Prosecutor's Office against Premier Robert Fico for spreading alarmist rumors regarding pension fund management companies (DSSes), he said on August 22.

The measure comes in response to Fico's statements at a news conference on August 7 indicating that DSSes will either be unable to pay savers the promised sums or "they won't get anything at all." Fico had also claimed that DSSes were experiencing losses and would be unable to pay out the deposited money if called upon to do so because "they simply are not up to it," he said.

According to Kaník, such comments could have had a similar effect as saying a bank was headed toward bankruptcy, which causes a chain reaction that begins with clients withdrawing their savings. This threatens not only DSSes, but the system as a whole.

A similar complaint against Fico submitted by Young Leftists last week has already been dismissed by the Special Prosecutor's Office. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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