Opposition MP to pay compensation to the minister of Culture for defamation

Opposition MP to pay compensation to the minister of Culture for defamation

Skopje, February 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Court of First Instance in Skopje has issued a fine against a Macedonian opposition MP, for defamation against the Minister of Culture, Elizabeta Kancevska-Milevska.

According to the court’s ruling, Igor Ivanovski MP from the LSDM party must pay to the Minister of Culture an amount of 300 thousand denars or 5 thousand Euros in compensation. The minister had pressed charges against the opposition MP, as he had accused the minister for corruption during a press conference. “Skopje 2014 project is a classic money laundering project”, had declared Ivanovski. Minister Kancevska-Milevska said that she was obliged to take the case to court in order to preserve her reputation and authority.

Last year, prime minister Nikola Gruevski also won a lawsuit against the leader of the New Social Democratic Party, Tito Petrovski, for damaging the image of the prime minister. According to the court’s ruling, Petrovski had to pay 10 thousand Euros worth of compensation. Gruevski has accused Petrovski of defamation, as the latter had published an article in the weekly “Focus” where he declared that through a letter addressed to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, premier Gruevski had accepted the name proposal-Republic of Macedonia (Skopje) and this had happened ahead of NATO Summit held in Buchares in 2008. /ibna/