Court orders SNS MP to pay damages to Serbia's opposition leader

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The Basic Court in Serbia’s central town of Cacak ruled that an MP of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) should pay Euro 850 for reputation damage from 2018.

The first instance verdict said Marko Parezanovic accused Dragan Djilas, the leader of the opposition Party of Freedom and Justice (SSP) in a Belgrade newspaper of offering Euro 50,000 bribe to two local ruling coalition councillors to avoid coming to the municipality authorities’ meetings on November 20, 2018.

Djilas, who then was not a member of any party, sued Parezanovic for reputation damage.

“The defendant accused Djilas of ‘buying’ Cacak municipality councillors, i.e., of committing a crime of offering a bribe, without any cause, evidence or foundation,” the Court said in the ruling.

In 2018, Parezanovic was an SNS MP in Serbia’s Parliament and the SNS Cacak branch’s trustee. He is an SNS MP in Serbia’s new Parliament constituted after June 21 general elections.

Djilas is by far the most attacked opposition politician in Serbia and often charged of offering a bribe or other unfounded crimes. He won many lawsuits and donated the money to different humanitarian causes.