In the run-up to the 2002 elections, Zoran Lepojić published an article claiming that the Mayor of Babušnica had wasted “nearly insane” amounts of public money on sponsorships and gala lunches.
The mayor filed civil and criminal cases against Mr Lepojić for defamation. The mayor won both cases, because Mr Lepojić could not prove his accusations. Mr Lepojić was ordered to pay fines, damages and costs equivalent to eight average monthly salaries in Serbia at the time. The court said that a mayor’s honour was more important than that of an ordinary citizen.