BRATISLAVA (SITA) František Mojžiš, former owner of Drukos, Ltd., in Banska Bystrica, has filed five lawsuits suing Slovak Television; R-Press, the publisher of Slovenska Republika; and businessman Peter Novotný over statements and stories regarding the case of the company. Mojžiš is suing for the protection of his person, the protection of Drukos' good reputation, the compensation for non-property injury, and the provision appropriate satisfaction. Ernest Valko, Mojžiš' lawyer, and his client are considering the compensation of the loss Drukos suffered by frequent featuring of Mojžiš as a victim of blackmailing by media from September to November 1997 when the company recorded a dip in its profits. In two lawsuits against the public Slovak Television, Mojžiš demands together 2.5 million SKK for non-property damage caused by statements on October 16 and November 6. The first statement alleged that the Drukos owner was pushing the case into political sphere against the current Cabinet, especially against Interior Minister Gustav Krajči, and the second statement was that the Drukos case is a politically motivated farce used to discredit the interior minister and the governing coalition.
Mojžiš, owner of DRUKOS, a car-dealership and lesser ranking among the most profitable companies in Slovakia, decided to give up his company at the beginning of September 1997 and transfer its property to the Society for the Poor and Sick. The company will maintain its operations, but its profit will be distributed among people in urgent need. Mojžiš decided to find shelter with the Church after he underwent a series of racketeering threats and appeals to cooperate.