By: P.T., T.F.
In the case of the Social Democrats’ lawsuit against Prime Minister Janez Janša over his public statements related to the ownership of a villa at Levstikova 15 in Ljubljana, where SD has its headquarters, the Velenje District Court ruled that Janša must pay 10,000 euros in damages to the SD party. In addition, Janša must publicly apologise on Twitter within 15 days. The verdict is not yet legally binding, and the court also ordered Janša to pay the costs of the court proceedings in the amount of just over 800 euros.
There are some interesting facts. Janez Janša did not receive any verdict, nor was he informed that the court in Velenje, which has a giant statue of dictator and communist criminal Tito in the middle of the city, has decided anything (the Prime Minister has not received any invitation to a hearing unless lawsuits are served during the summer holidays).
In a press statement, Janša wrote that this is a permanent practice of the court in Velenje, which is packed with a clienteles range of members or sympathisers of the Social Democrats.
The General Secretary of the Social Democrats, Dejan Levanič, stated that the Velenje District Court had issued a default judgment because Janez Janša allegedly did not take over the shipment from the court and consequently did not respond to the lawsuit within 30 days, meanwhile the court found that other conditions for issuing a default judgment were also met. The Court thus upheld the claim in its entirety.
SO! I STEAL A CAR, EXCHANGE IT WITH ANOTHER AND THEN I AM A LEGAL OWNER OF THIS OTHER CAR. SO FAR THIS WAS NOT THAT WAY! BUT NOW BY JUDGMENT OF THE COURT, THIS WILL BE POSSIBLE? PROBABLY FOR US ORDINARY PEOPLE NO. BUT EVERY JUDGMENT IS IN ITS OWN PRECEDENT AND PART OF THE CASE LAW.
- IGOR GOBEC
(@IGORGOBEC) OCTOBER 27, 2021
SD filed the lawsuit in early July, and Janša was accused of “knowingly and maliciously spreading lies, even though he knew that SD’s ownership was not in dispute,” as is evident from the court file. The lawsuit was prepared and filed by the law firm Pirc Musar & Lemut Strle. The president of the Social Democrats, Tanja Fajon, commented on the court’s decision in a short press release today, expecting an apology from the Prime Minister. “By not taking over court shipments, Janša shows contempt for the state and the legal system,” she added.
Interestingly, the Velenje court also instructed the Prime Minister on the exact content of the tweet, in which he was to publicly apologise within 15 days of the verdict: “I, the defendant, Janez (Ivan) Janša, apologise to the plaintiff, the SD party, for untrue records on the social network Twitter about SD operating from a stolen Jewish villa at Levstikova 15 in Ljubljana. This villa was not stolen and SD acquired ownership of it legally.”
It is unlikely that Janša would actually post something like this on Twitter, as he wrote in a press release today, “that this is the practice of the court in Velenje, which is packed with a clienteles range of members or sympathisers of the Social Democrats and pronounces judgments without hearings and without the possibility of defence. In order for the farce to be complete, in this particular case, this court ruled on the Social Democrats’ lawsuit.” And to SD: “Tell me, how much did you pay for the villa? Simply write the number.”
NO ONE ELSE TOLD IT EITHER, SO PUBLICLY SAY: HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY FOR THE VILLA? SIMPLY WRITE THE NUMBER. IT IS NOT HARD? OR IS IT? HTTPS://T.CO/BMN956IDNX
- JANEZ JANŠA
(@JJANSASDS) OCTOBER 27, 2021
Janša’s legal representative Franci Matoz also confirmed for Nova24TV that an appeal would follow. “As always, the court does not know where the Prime Minister is and it is issuing default judgments automatically, and of course completely unjustified. Of course, a default judgment is not legally binding and an appeal follows. The court’s handling of these default judgments is reminiscent of a bygone era that has nothing to do with a fair trial and constitutional rights,” Matoz explained.
In the last month after Velenje, the news spread that the verdict on this topic was actually written or “edited” by Andreja Katič, a former Minister of Justice from the ranks of the SD leadership. The Velenje court also has well-known names who publicly associate with SD officials and participate in their events. Not to mention the other employees at the court. From the doorman to the cleaner everyone is SD, supposedly only one exception.
THIS, BELOW, IS FROM OFFICIAL JOURNALS 1945/46. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF SUCH CASES OF “CONFISCATION” (THEFT) CARRIED OUT BY YOUR IDEOLOGICAL AND BLOOD HEIRS. YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO DENY (AND APOLOGISE ENOUGH) FOR THE MURDER AND THEFT. AND YOU CAN GET ANOTHER MILLION JUDGMENTS OF THE VELENJE COURT. PIC.TWITTER.COM/XITGLP2OLD
- JOZE BIŠČAK
(@JOZEBISCAK) OCTOBER 27, 2021
Let’s remember that the Velenje court ruled in October 2016 to the detriment of Janez Janša, when it ruled that the SDS champion must pay compensation to RTV journalist Eugenija Carl for an allegedly insulting tweet in which he described her and RTV Slovenia journalist and editor Mojca Pašek Šetinc as retired “prostitutes”. It was about a so-called default judgment, as Janša did not respond to the allegations in the lawsuit. Janša later claimed that he had missed the deadline for replying to the allegations in the lawsuit because it had not been served to him, as he had been absent at the time of serving.
Consequently, on November 11th, he lodged a motion to return the court’s decision to the state before the judgment. The court in Velenje then ruled in 2017 that Janša himself was guilty of missing the deadline for responding to the allegations in the lawsuit, and in addition to 6,000 euros, he was awarded 654 euros in legal costs due to the proposal to return to the previous state. The Celje High Court later upheld Janša and annulled the verdict in the case of the plaintiff Carl, while it did not in the case of Pašek Šetinc.