The opposition nationalist movement ‘Dveri’ said on Tuesday the Belgrade First Basic Court fined Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic with some 1,700 Euro (200,000 Serbian Dinars) for calling its leader Bosko Obradovic ‘a fascist’ and ‘thief.’
Obradovic sued Vucic for slander after the President referred to him as such during an interview with the pro-regime Pink TV on February 16, 2019.
In the ruling reasoning, the judge said Vucic “undervalued Obradovic and violated his dignity, reputation and honour, since he stated that in his capacity as the head of the state and on a television channel with a national frequency, which gave these assessments additional weight,” ‘Dveri’ said in its statement.
“Obradovic appeared before the Court… Vucic avoided the trial and facing Obradovic, but he could not avoid the ruling,” the movement added.
The ‘Dveri’ leader said it was “a great day and a historic moment for the independence of Serbia’s judiciary which passed the first such verdict against Aleksandar Vucic as an individual and a symbol of the current authorities.”
“I call on Aleksandar Vucic to apologise for his words and on all pro-regime media to publish the news about the verdict,” Obradovic said.
He announced criminal charges against “all those from the current authorities deeply involved in crime and corruption who look untouchable for now.”
“Let this day mark the beginning of big changes of the system in Serbia,” Obradovic said.