STA, 3 March 2020 - Bojan Požar, the editor of news portal Požareport has received a judicial admonition for writing in 2016 that Viktor Knavs, the father of US First Lady Melania Trump, had been in prison for tax evasion. This comes after Požar was ordered to pay damages to Knavs in a related defamation lawsuit last year. Požar intends to challenge the decision.
Požar tweeted on Tuesday that he had received a judicial admonition from the first instance court, announcing an appeal. He pleaded not guilty in the first hearing in 2017.
Požar said in an article, published in 2016, that Knavs had been in prison for tax evasion and illicit trade, citing documents known to the broader public as UDBA.net, a list of people who worked for the former Yugoslav secret police, acted as informants or were spied upon by the secret police.
Meanwhile, a damages lawsuit brought against Požar by Knavs has already reached the Higher Court, which decided last year that Požar had to pay EUR 5,000 in damages and apologise to Knavs, said a press release in December from Knavs's lawyers Pirc Musar&Lemut Strle.
Knavs's law firm also said in December that Požar was ordered to post on the news portal the introduction part of the ruling and an apology for claiming Knavs had been in jail.
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