Smer vice-chairmen Marek Maďarič and Igor Federič and Smer's general manager Ján Richter filed a criminal complaint on May 20 in connection to the recently-published allegations about Smer's financing on the basis of libel, scaremongering, vilification and the violation of rights, said Maďarič, as reported by the TASR newswire.
"We've announced information indicating that a crime was committed when these people deliberately and mendaciously publicly accused the Smer party and its top representatives of bogus financing," said Maďarič to TASR.
"We propose that the Prosecutor-General's Office should interrogate specific persons – the SME daily editors Roman Krpelan and Marek Vagovič, and question Bohumil Hanzel as well," he states.
According to Maďarič, while there was documentary evidence concerning the suspect financing of Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the party itself admitted that it didn't know who had provided it with a loan, in the case involving Smer the evidence is only based on statements made by certain people, especially Hanzel.
Earlier in the day, chairman of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Ján Figeľ and KDH vice-chair Daniel Lipšic announced that they have filed a criminal complaint at the Prosecutor-General's Office related to the same matter, in this case concerning possible crimes committed by members of Smer.
For more info, please read Co-founder of Smer claims party signed deals with sponsors ahead of 2002 elections .
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. May 2010 at 10:00