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Leader of Slovaks in Poland sues Slovak MP for statements in her book

The general-secretary of the Association of Slovaks Living in Poland, Ludomir Molitoris, has filed a lawsuit against an MP from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and former Slovak ambassador to Poland, Magdaléna Vášáryova, for statements made in her book, A Midnight Neighbour, published in Slovak in 2008 but recently released in a Polish translation, the TASR newswire reported. Molitoris alleged Vášáryova's book contains passages smearing the activities of his association. He said that the statements in the book, in which she indirectly called Polish Slovaks to be "nationalists singing fascist songs celebrating [the wartime Slovak leader] Jozef Tiso" are unsubstantiated and untrue. Molitoris is suing her for libel.

The general-secretary of the Association of Slovaks Living in Poland, Ludomir Molitoris, has filed a lawsuit against an MP from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and former Slovak ambassador to Poland, Magdaléna Vášáryova, for statements made in her book, A Midnight Neighbour, published in Slovak in 2008 but recently released in a Polish translation, the TASR newswire reported.

Molitoris alleged Vášáryova's book contains passages smearing the activities of his association. He said that the statements in the book, in which she indirectly called Polish Slovaks to be "nationalists singing fascist songs celebrating [the wartime Slovak leader] Jozef Tiso" are unsubstantiated and untrue. Molitoris is suing her for libel.

Vášáryova said recently that she sticks to what she wrote in the book. "The book has 300 pages and Mr. Molitoris doesn't like one sentence," said Vášáryová. When approached by TASR for a comment on the lawsuit on July 4, Vášáryova declined. "It has no sense," she said.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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