Haščák will ask the state for apology or damages

Haščák will ask the state for apology or damages

Financier Jaroslav Haščák will demand an apology or compensation from the state for the illegal accusation and subsequent prosecution.

Financier Jaroslav Haščák will demand an apology or compensation from the state for the illegal accusation and subsequent prosecution.

Haščák will ask the state for apology or damages

As confirmed in particular by the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic, our client was accused and prosecuted illegally. The accusation itself was unfounded. It was built only on an excerpt from the Gorilla internet file, which speaks of the alleged intelligence information of the Slovak Information Service (SIS), without its content, origin being verified and not even the alleged author of this information being heard,“Said lawyer Peter Kubina, who took over his representation.

No evidence?

He claims that the investigating authorities have not provided any evidence that former SIS counterintelligence director Ľubomír Arpáš should bring out Gorilla recordings or anything else from the secret service and provide it directly or indirectly to Haščák. The lawyer also considers the taking of Haščák into collusive detention to be unjustified.

He announces that in the coming weeks the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Slovak Republic will receive a request for preliminary discussion of the claim, including a proposal to apologize to Haščák. According to Kubin, if the said institutions accepted the proposal for an apology, they would avoid the planned claim for damages.

Prosecution response

The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Slovak Republic will not address this issue through the media,“Her spokesman Dalibor Skladan responded. The Ministry of Justice has not yet issued an opinion.

After the delivery of each request for preliminary discussion of the claim for damages according to the Act on Liability for Damage Caused in the Exercise of Public Power, the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic provides the documents for its assessment in the first step and then proceeds to a factual assessment.

In general, if the application is assessed as justified, it is also possible to provide satisfaction in the form of an apology. However, the question of the possibility of granting satisfaction does not depend on whether the applicant is threatened with a million-dollar action, but on an assessment of the merits of the action,“Specified Peter Bubla from the press department of the Ministry of Justice.

At the end of August 2021, the General Prosecutor’s Office overturned the accusation against the financier Jaroslav Haščák, but also the former director of the SIS counterintelligence, Ľubomír Arpáš, and Arpáš’s wife.

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