Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Fico withdraws lawsuit against cartoonist

After a lengthy legal battle, Prime Minister Robert Fico requested on Tuesday, March 12, that his lawyer withdraw the lawsuit concerning the Sme daily’s cartoonist, Martin ‘Shooty’ Šútovec, whom he sued over a political cartoon from 2009.

After a lengthy legal battle, Prime Minister Robert Fico requested on Tuesday, March 12, that his lawyer withdraw the lawsuit concerning the Sme daily’s cartoonist, Martin ‘Shooty’ Šútovec, whom he sued over a political cartoon from 2009.

The cartoon depicted Fico with a physician who is telling him that he cannot possibly be suffering from back pain because he has no spine. At that time, Fico was reported to have been experiencing back pain, which caused him to cancel a business trip. Fico then sued the cartoonist, demanding an apology and €33,000 in damages, Sme wrote in its Wednesday, March 13 issue. In its verdict, the court stated that since Fico was a publicly-known person serving as prime minister and chairman of the strongest political party, he was “obliged to bear a greater amount of criticism”, Sme reported. The Prime Minister withdrew his lawsuit after he succeeded with appealing the case to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court returned the case to the regional court due to procedural flaws.

(Source: Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

12 places where you can see the works of one of the best medieval wood carvers Photo

The works of the renowned Master Paul are not limited just to Levoča.

St Geirge Curch in Spišská Sobota

Heatwaves to continue in Slovakia over the following days

More than 40 people collapsed due to hot weather on Thursday.

Jourová: Fico not fully informed on all EC’s activities on double standards

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Fico to discuss double quality standards of foods on July 27 in Brussels.

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová

Foreigners: Events in Bratislava Video

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between July 21 and July 30, including concerts, parties, festivals, classical music, inline skating, exhibitions and more.