Smer to sue Sme and Nový Čas for news reports on alleged illicit deal

The main governing party Smer and its onetime marketing wizard, Fedor Flašík, announced on May 15 that they will take legal action against the Sme and Nový Čas dailies for their reports that day that alleged Flašík had made an illicit deal with a wealthy entrepreneur, the TASR newswire reported. The alleged deal between Flašík and energy entrepreneur Ľubomír Blaško would have secured senior posts in the state administration for people close to the latter person in reward for a €1-million donation for Smer, the newspapers wrote.

The main governing party Smer and its onetime marketing wizard, Fedor Flašík, announced on May 15 that they will take legal action against the Sme and Nový Čas dailies for their reports that day that alleged Flašík had made an illicit deal with a wealthy entrepreneur, the TASR newswire reported.

The alleged deal between Flašík and energy entrepreneur Ľubomír Blaško would have secured senior posts in the state administration for people close to the latter person in reward for a €1-million donation for Smer, the newspapers wrote.

Flašík claimed he warned the two dailies in advance that the copy of the contract they cited is a fake, as he has never signed such a deal, and noted that it was only Smer chief Robert Fico, the current prime minister who was authorised to sign contracts on behalf of the party. In a written statement Smer announced that in addition to Sme and Nový Čas, it will also sue any other media which would publish the “aforementioned lies and counterfeit”.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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