LJUBLJANA – Prosecutor dismisses ‘coronavirus’ suit against president, ministers

Slovenia’s state prosecutor has rejected a complaint filed by a private lawyer against President Borut Pahor and two government ministers for allegedly endangering public health, the 24ur news website reported. The complaint said the three had appeared in public in a group larger than five persons during a visit to the southern border on 15 April, without mandatory face masks and without keeping social distance.

Pahor, Interior Minister Aleš Hojs and Defence Minister Matej Tonin can be seen in photographs walking together without masks. However, the prosecutor said it was impossible to establish any injured party and, therefore, could not officially press charges.

The criminal offence of transmitting infectious diseases is a ‘lex specialis’ not covered by the general law, the prosecutor said, adding that it should first be proved that the three had caused the disease to spread. (Zoran Radosavljević | EURACTIV.com)

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