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PM to face libel charges

PM MIKULÁŠ Dzurinda will probably face an Sk10 million (€247,650) court trial in which former head of the National Security Office (NBÚ) Ján Mojžiš sues him for libel.

Mojžiš was recalled in early October 2003 when the PM suggested that the NBÚ chief was a member of an unspecified group allegedly working against the interests of the state and the PM's ruling Slovak Democratic and Christian Union.

The recently completed investigation stated, however, that the group did not exist. Despite the outcome of the investigation, the PM said he did not regret his steps in the affair and suggested that Mojžiš was "misusing his stamp".

According to the Slovak daily Pravda, Dzurinda faces a suit by Mojžiš and businessman Miloš Žiak, who was also named a member of the group in the PM’s deposition, which was leaked to the press.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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