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Fico ordered by court to apologise to Radičová

Prime Minister Robert Fico must apologise to his predecessor Iveta Radičová for claiming publicly that she was in some way connected to corruption surrounding the completion of a biathlon sports facility in Osrblie, a judge at Pezinok District Court decided on May 9. The apology is to be published at Fico's expense via the TASR and SITA newswires. The ruling is not yet effective, as an appeal can be submitted within 15 days.

Prime Minister Robert Fico must apologise to his predecessor Iveta Radičová for claiming publicly that she was in some way connected to corruption surrounding the completion of a biathlon sports facility in Osrblie, a judge at Pezinok District Court decided on May 9. The apology is to be published at Fico's expense via the TASR and SITA newswires. The ruling is not yet effective, as an appeal can be submitted within 15 days.

"Prime Minister Iveta Radičová is incompetent, she is a liar and a corruption suspect," was one of the comments made by Fico (then in opposition) at a press conference in summer 2011 over which Radičová took him to court.

In August 2011 it was revealed that the reconstruction of the facility at Osrblie, set to host the 2012 European Biathlon Championships, would not be financed from the state budget as originally planned due to a case of alleged corruption. Three people were arrested while reportedly accepting a bribe of €30,000 one month earlier. Radičová's advisor Martin Novotný was involved and charged along with three others in the corruption scandal, the TASR newswire wrote.

"Claims that Iveta Radičová knew about the corruption in the case of subsidies provided for the completion of the biathlon field in Osrblie are not true," reads the text that has to be published by Fico via the news agencies.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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