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Paris court returns Záborská's libel suit against French daily

A PARIS-BASED court tribunal on September 22 returned the Slovak MEP Anna Záborská's libel suit against the French daily L´Humanité due to a procedural mistake.

Záborská's lawyer will appeal against the decision of the court, which has not made any comment on the contents of the suit, news wire TASR wrote.

Záborská is suing the L´Humanité and Libération dailies for libel for publishing articles accusing her of making disparaging remarks about homosexuals and gay marriage.

"It's a common procedure of the French courts in libel actions against the media ... If it was possible to dismiss my suit due to its contents, the court wouldn't hesitate to do so," Záborská's was reported as saying by her Brussels office employee Albert Otruba.

Záborská, who is the Chair of the EU Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee, especially refutes allegations of proposing interning homosexuals in psychiatric hospitals.

"They have no problems publishing lies and serious accusations," she told journalists. "Homophobia is a crime according to Slovak law, as well."

Now, the first court hearing with the Libération daily should take place in September 2006 and with the L'Humanité daily two months later.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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