Sofija Tešić is a pensioner. She told a journalist that a lawyer had deliberately failed to represent her properly. After the journalist published an article about it, the lawyer brought criminal and civil proceedings against Mrs Tešić. The lawyer won the case. Mrs Tešić was sentenced to six months’ suspended imprisonment and she was ordered to pay the equivalent of almost 5,000 euros in compensation.
Mrs Tešić’s monthly pension was worth the equivalent of only 170 euros. The courts ordered that two thirds of it be sent directly to the lawyer to pay off the debt. According to Mrs Tešić, this left her without enough money to live. She complained that her gas was disconnected for unpaid bills, and that she was not able to pay for the medication she needed for various serious diseases.