Prime Minister Robert Fico will not apologise to his predecessor Iveta Radičová for a statement in which he called her a liar and accused her of being involved in alleged corruption linked to the construction of a biathlon stadium in Osrblie. Fico has already appealed against the verdict issued by the district court in Pezinok, the TASR newswire reported on August 17.
The appeal will be considered by the Regional Court in Bratislava.
“The prime minister, as well as other citizens, used his right of appeal,” said his spokesperson Beatrice Szabóová, as quoted by TASR, without specifying the reasons of the appeal.
Radičová did not comment on the appeal, the Sme daily wrote.
The district court in Pezinok issued a ruling on May 9 in which it ordered the prime minister to publish an apology in the TASR and SITA newswires at his own expense.
Radičová sued Fico in September 2011 for libel.
According to the judge, even though at the time Radičová was serving as a public official, the statement violated her personal honour, SITA wrote.
Radičová was also seeking an apology for an “untrue and offensive” statement Fico made regarding her purported influence on a decision by Jozef Čentéš to withdraw his candidacy for the general prosecutor’s post in May 2011. At that time Čentéš said it was his personal decision because the upcoming vote had become linked to allegations that MPs were being blackmailed and bribed, TASR wrote back in September 2011.
However, the court did not accept this claim, saying that in this case the statements violated only her political rights, which are not protected by the Civil Code, TASR reported.
For more information about this story please see: Court rules Fico must apologise to Radičová
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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19. Aug 2013 at 14:00