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iDNES.cz: Neo-Nazis operate like a business, sending money to those in prison

Prague, 20.6.2009 7:50, (ROMEA/iDNES.cz)

The web server iDNES.cz reports that, according to detectives from the Organized Crime Detection Unit (Útvar pro odhalování organizovaného zločinu – ÚOOZ), the 10 neo-Nazis being prosecuted after a recent police raid were operating like any promotion agency organizing ordinary concerts. Police have determined that the group was run by Martin Franěk, who distributed tasks to his “co-workers” – production people, graphic designers and drivers.

Tomáš Pecina, who works for the attorney of one of the 10 accused, has publicized the court order initiating their prosecution, which refers to the structure of the group. He hopes to prove that the police are under political pressure not to inform the media impartially regarding the case and that they are not honoring the presumption of “innocent until proven guilty”. ÚOOZ spokesperson Pavel Hanták has confirmed the authenticity of the document released by Pecina.

"I made the document available to draw attention to the fact that the reflection of this case in the media is biased and that the matter may end either with acquittals or with the prosecution being halted. I am disturbed by the political pressure on the police, which this court order confirms," Pecina told iDNES.cz.

The men, who are between 24 – 42 years old, will be asked by police to confess to organizing neo-Nazi concerts and spreading racial hatred. They all belong to the unofficial (unregistered) neo-Nazi organization Národní odpor (National Resistance). The charges carry a maximum sentence of eight years behind bars.

ÚOOZ detectives logged 11 such concerts between April 2008 and February of this year. They claim Martin Franěk, who used to sell clothing with racist and neo-Nazi slogans on it, was the head of the entire group.

Franěk also released and sold CDs by the band Attack, as well as t-shirts with motifs from WWII. Police have determined that he sent some of the profits through girls in the “brown-shirt” movement “Resistance Women Unity” to the so-called “prisoners of war”, neo-Nazis already in prison.

Lukáš Rod, who worked as the graphic designer and production assistant in the group, is said to have been Franěk’s right-hand man. According to the ÚOOZ, Robert Fürych, an importer of a favorite clothing brand of right-wing extremists’, Thor Steinar, also played an essential role. At least two concerts were held under the heading of his business, such as the one last August in Ochoz near Brno, iDNES.cz reports.

Jan Pohl and Jan Pinkas worked lower down in the hierarchy. One of them reserved plane tickets for groups from abroad in at least three cases, such as for the British band Brutal Attack. The other arranged venues, refreshments and staff. The others charged are musicians and singers with the neo-Nazi bands Attack and Imperium. They may be brought before the court for celebrating Adolf Hitler and instigating racial hatred and violence.

For example, Pavel Blinka of the band Devils Guard called on his audiences to chant the name of the group "White Resistance Engerau" during performances. Engerau is the German name for the Petržalka quarter of Bratislava, where the Nazis ran a labor camp at the end of WWII.

A judge has remanded five of those charged into custody; the other five were released on their own recognizance. The children of Czech PM Jan Fischer and Czech Interior Minister Martin Pecina are under police protection as a result of the police crackdown on the neo-Nazis, as they are allegedly in danger of retaliation.

Gwendolyn Albert, iDNES.cz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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