Yesterday’s issue of daily Hospodarske Noviny looks at another potential lawsuit against the media by Supreme Court chairman Stefan Harabin, who this time has attacked the STV programme Reporteri, demanding up to EUR 400,000 in compensation from public broadcaster RTVS and a doctor who appeared in the programme.
Harabin’s claim concerns references in the programme that his persecution of judges may have led to the death of two of them, and so he has announced his intention to pursue legal action over the allegations.
The programme shows a debate on the anniversary of the suicide of former Supreme Court vice-chairman Juraj Majchrak, in which Majchrak’s psychiatrist made the comment that “the judiciary is sick and Majchrak caught the disease, just like Laukova who also died due to persecution by Harabin”. Majchrak committed suicide and Laukova had a heart attack.
Harabin, who is also head of the Judicial Council, has had great success in suing the media several times in the past, receiving EUR 100,000 for a caricature from daily Pravda back in 2006, and with other lawsuits he claimed an estimated EUR 181,000 over the space of three years.