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Sme daily apologises to SNS’s Slota after losing lawsuit

The chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS), Ján Slota, won a lawsuit filed against Petit Press, the publisher of the Sme daily as well as The Slovak Spectator, for a series of articles concerning car robberies and other thefts allegedly perpetrated by Slota in his youth, the TASR newswire wrote.

The chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS), Ján Slota, won a lawsuit filed against Petit Press, the publisher of the Sme daily as well as The Slovak Spectator, for a series of articles concerning car robberies and other thefts allegedly perpetrated by Slota in his youth, the TASR newswire wrote.

SNS spokesperson Jana Benková told TASR that the district court in Žilina ordered the daily to apologise to Slota, to remove the electronic version of the articles from 2008 and pay €10,000 in compensation to the SNS head.

Benková said Petit Press had already settled the payment. The apology was published on the front page of the daily in its July 9 issue. The apology concerns a story from March 20, 2008 titled “Ján Slota did not steal only from cars in Austria but he also was stealing in a textile shop and butchery in the village of Kos”.

Petit Press stated in its apology that this statement was not true.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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