Police President Jaroslav Spišiak reportedly was charged last week with libel by the General Prosecutor’s Office and faces either a fine or other punishment, the Pravda daily wrote on May 10, based on an unnamed source. The TASR newswire wrote on the same day that Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák announced that Tibor Gašpar will become the new head of Slovakia’s Police Corps and will take office as early as next week, replacing Spišiak.
Spišiak allegedly committed libel when he told the media that when Ivan Ševčík, Milan Lučanský and Jozef Mičieta were in their positions in the police’s Office for Fight against Organised Crime (ÚBOK), the international fugitive Karol Mello remained at large. Spišiak also reportedly stated that after these three individuals left the police corps Mello was arrested in Poland.
Ševčík, Lučanský and Mičieta sued Spišak for his statements last November and are seeking damages of €300,000 in a civil lawsuit. Spišiak told Pravda he was not aware of the criminal charge reportedly issued by the prosecutor’s office but confirmed the civil suit.
Ševčík, Lučanský and Mičieta left the police corps after Spišiak became president as he had redeployed them to posts of rank-and-file officers. Ševčík refused to comment on the case when asked by Pravda.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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