The lawsuit between former president Michal Kovac against erstwhile head of the Slovak secret service SIS, Ivan Lexa, over accusations that Lexa was involved in the kidnapping of the president’s son, has swung in favour of Lexa.
Now the Bratislava District Court has ordered the former president to apologise to Lexa for making claims that Lexa was involved in the abduction of Michal Kovac Jnr back in August 1995. Adding insult to injury, ex-president Kovac should also pay Lexa EUR 3,319 in compensation.
Kovac called the verdict ridiculous, saying he saw no reason to apologise to Lexa, who he says never disproved that he had not been behind the abduction. The case has been in the pipeline for 15 years and could be drawn out further as Kovac plans to appeal against the verdict.
The ruling comes shortly after a call was made recently by the KDH party in parliament to cancel the so-called 1998 Meciar Amnesties, which were granted to people believed to be involved in the abduction, offering them protection from investigation and liability.
If the amnesties are annulled, unlikely as 90 votes are needed and Robert Fico’s Smer-SD stands in the way, those suspected of being involved would suddenly have their protective cover ripped off and the kidnapping case could be properly investigated. Lexa was a close associate of Vladimir Meciar and is suspected of masterminding the whole kidnapping.
Kovac said the court ruling just goes to prove the bad state of the Slovak judiciary, saying verdicts are issued against the grain of common sense.