Zeman must apologize to Sarapatka for his statement, the Supreme Court confirmed

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Former President Miloš Zeman must apologize to Zdenek Šarapatka for saying that he fired him from the government office due to incompetence. The Supreme Court rejected Zeman’s appeal and confirmed the earlier verdict. Court spokesperson Gabriela Tomíčková confirmed this to ČTK based on information from SeznamZpráva.

The Supreme Court decided the dispute between the former president Miloš Zeman and his adviser at the time Zdenek Šarapatka after a year. “High Court rejected the appeal of Ing. Miloš Zeman in the case of the plaintiff Z. Š. Details will be available after the original decision is made, which will be within 60 days at the latest,” said Tomíčková.

In November 2017, the President said on Barrandov TV that he fired Sarapatka due to incompetence. Šarapatka, however, at the time when Zeman was prime minister, left the government office by agreement.

Šarapatka on the X social network welcomed the court’s decision. “The Supreme Court today ordered the ex-president to apologize for the defamation he spread about me. A hope for the tribes and a reminder for the lords that the law does not know the elect. There is no retreat from evil!” he stated.

“An apology is prescribed by us. In case of delays, or perhaps its non-implementation, an execution proposal follows,” he wrote.

In November 2022, the regional court in Prague decided definitively that Miloš Zeman must apologize. He appealed instead:

Zeman did not apologize to Šarapatek for the statement about incapacity, he filed an appeal

The former advisor to the courts had previously obtained an apology for a statement from the state, specifically the Ministry of Finance, Constitutional Court but he subsequently canceled the judgments, saying that Zeman was responsible for the statements as a private person. That’s why the sarapatka filed a new lawsuit aimed at the president, which the courts upheld.

But Zeman did not apologize within the specified period. Because of this, Šarapatka submitted an execution proposal to the president. At the same time, Zeman appealed to the Supreme Court.

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