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Appeal court orders Sme daily to pay €10,000 to Ján Slota

The Regional Court in Žilina confirmed a ruling by the district court that the Sme daily should pay Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Ján Slota €10,000 in damages for two articles it published in 2008. The ruling concerns articles entitled "Slota stole while escaping" and "ÚPN: Slota sacked a store", the SITA newswire wrote.

The Regional Court in Žilina confirmed a ruling by the district court that the Sme daily should pay Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Ján Slota €10,000 in damages for two articles it published in 2008. The ruling concerns articles entitled "Slota stole while escaping" and "ÚPN: Slota sacked a store", the SITA newswire wrote.

In addition, according to the ruling, the daily should pay all legal expenses, apologise to Slota, and remove the electronic versions of the articles from its internet site. Sme wrote that the information on Slota stealing cars came from communist-era ŠtB secret service files and was provided by his father.

Source: SITA

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