The Belgrade First Basic Court fined current Finance Minister Sinisa Mali for “damaging the reputation and honour,” of one of the founders of the opposition Alliance of Serbia (SzS), FoNet news agency reported on Tuesday.
Mali, former Mayor of Belgrade, had to pay about 1,300 Euros in damages to Dragan Djilas also city’s ex-mayor for accusing him in 2017 of “conducting a campaign to return to power not to hold an office but to continue with robbery.”
Commenting on the ruling, Mali said he would “absolutely” continue to refer to Djilas as a thief, since “I have no other name for him.” He added he would appeal, adding he believed he would succeed since “the court dismissed the two-thirds of Djilas’ accusations.”
An SzS statement said Mali spread “unfounded, untrue and insulting information about Djilas, describing him as a thief.”
The statement added Djilas would give the money for humanitarian purposes.