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Lipšic under siege over leaked text messages

NEW Majority-Agreement (NOVA) chair Daniel Lipšic has been confronted with a nearly 50-page document allegedly containing transcripts of compromising text messages written by him, which was recently leaked. Lipšic has called the document a forgery, the Sme daily reported in its September 24 issue.

NEW Majority-Agreement (NOVA) chair Daniel Lipšic has been confronted with a nearly 50-page document allegedly containing transcripts of compromising text messages written by him, which was recently leaked. Lipšic has called the document a forgery, the Sme daily reported in its September 24 issue.

The short messages date from the time Lipšic served as interior minister in the Iveta Radičová government (2010-12). The document allegedly contains intimate communications with Banská Bystrica lawyer Zuzana Miadoková, whose name had already appeared in the past in another effort to compromise Lipšic.

“It is fabricated,” Lipšic told Sme, adding that although he does know Miadoková, they do not have a close relationship.

He also said he had intended to inform about the case earlier, and that he even filed a criminal complaint over it back in 2011. Lipšic admitted that some of the text messages are real, but said the more offensive messages were added by someone else.

He added that he would like to know how his text messages were obtained in the first place. Since the last message comes from December 22, 2011, it is possible that someone was monitoring the Interior Ministry even at the time when the fall of the Radičová government was being discussed, Sme wrote.

Supreme Court President Štefan Harabin said that they received a compromising document on Lipšic on September 18 and that they sent it to the General Prosecutor’s Office to see whether it contained slander, leaked confidential information or anything that would constitute an invasion of privacy. The prosecutor’s office said on September 23 that it had not received anything from the Supreme Court yet, but that it did receive something anonymously that pertained to the case, according to Sme.

Lipšic believes the current case is connected with his speech in the parliament over the decision of the state to acquire the rest of the shares in the Slovenský Plynárenský Priemysel (SPP) gas utility, in which he pointed to the connection between financial groups and Prime Minister Robert Fico, as reported by Sme.

Source: Sme

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