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Czech court gives suspended sentences and fines to "Bloc against Islamicization" followers over death threats to random pedestrians

9.10.2019 9:01
A 2017 campaign ad on television by the Bloc against Islamicization featured shots of people in stereotypically Arab or Muslim clothing running past and overtaking elderly Europeans, implying such immigrants will take precedence over senior citizens when it comes to state spending. Czech Television filed a crime report against the ad and a motion to the Council of Radio and Television Advertising over it. (PHOTO:  Still from advertisement on Czech Television)
A 2017 campaign ad on television by the Bloc against Islamicization featured shots of people in stereotypically Arab or Muslim clothing running past and overtaking elderly Europeans, implying such immigrants will take precedence over senior citizens when it comes to state spending. Czech Television filed a crime report against the ad and a motion to the Council of Radio and Television Advertising over it. (PHOTO: Still from advertisement on Czech Television)

News server iDNES.cz reports that a court in Teplice, Czech Republic has fined and put on probation a man and a woman who made insults and threats against passers-by in July 2018 in Šanov Park because they believed they were Muslims. The court ordered the sentence on the basis of the case file without holding a hearing.

Ondřej Langr, head of the prosecutors' office in Teplice, has confirmed the information: "The District Court in Teplice has issued a conviction in this matter finding both defendants guilty of felony violence against a group and its individual members and handed down suspended prison sentences and fines." It is possible to object to the finding.

Should the defendants object, the court would have to hold a trial. The incidents transpired on the last Saturday in July 2018 in the evening at an event organized by the "Bloc against Islamicization" cell in Teplice.

According to the case file, the male defendant saw a woman passing by wearing a headscarf and shouted: "Dude, a Muslim woman." The indictment charges that:  "When the woman asked him whether he had a problem, he answered that he had a big problem, that Muslims must be killed, and called her a black cow."

Roughly 40 minutes after that, according to the case file, while interacting with the husband of the woman whom he had insulted and standing at a distance of two meters from him, the man pulled out a gas pistol and aimed it at the woman's husband. "[The male defendant] began to approach them while shouting: fucking Muslims, I'll kill you. He then aimed the gas pistol directly at the woman whom he had already insulted," the prosecutor described.

According to the file, at that same time the female defendant was asking a different passer-by whether he was a Muslim. "When he answered that he was born Muslim, she said that there are Muslims and Muslims and they must be killed. She said he was not a native Czech and had no business being there, an assumption based on the injured party's apparently Arab ethnicity and because she had learned of his Muslim faith," the case file reads.

fk, iDNES.cz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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Islamofobie, Násilí z nenávisti, Racism, Verdict



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