Retired archbishop loses legal dispute with publisher

The Constitutional Court has rejected the complaint of retired Archbishop Ján Sokol, who sought compensation from the weekly magazine Týždeň for a series of articles it wrote in 2009.

The Constitutional Court has rejected the complaint of retired Archbishop Ján Sokol, who sought compensation from the weekly magazine Týždeň for a series of articles it wrote in 2009.

Sokol objected the violation of his rights by verdicts of Trnava courts in his legal dispute against the publisher of the weekly. He took issue with a series of articles that claimed that he transferred 500 million Slovak crowns from the sale of church plots to the account of former communist-time secret service (ŠtB) agent Štefan Náhlik. Sokol insisted that the weekly lied and demanded €50,000 in compensation, the Sme daily wrote in its October 3 issue.

The Constitutional Court turned down Sokol’s complaint September 26, the SITA newswire wrote. Sokol contested the violation of his basic right to human dignity, personal honour, good reputation and protection, secured by the constitution, as well as of some other rights.

(Source: Sme, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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