Libel suit spotlights the polarizing Mr. Skele

  • 1998-11-12
  • Philip Birzulis
RIGA - Andris Skele's supporters see him as a visionary, decisive statesman battling against a corrupt establishment. His detractors accuse him of authoritarian tendencies and lining his own pockets through shady activities.Just about the only thing both sides agree on is that the People's Party leader is an enormously controversial figure who leaves no-one indifferent.These views came to blows Nov. 9 when the People's Party lodged a libel suit in a Riga court against one of its harshest critics, journalist Vilis Seleckis.It claims that his book, "Andris Skele - Legends and Truth," rudely s...
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