Slovakia: Two non-Romani assailants who invaded Romani home to personally deliver death threats given suspended sentences
News server Noviny.sk reports that a court in Slovakia has finally closed a case of home invasion and making dangerous threats in the municipality of Klenová. The incident involved two non-Romani men invading a Romani-occupied home; the reporting does not state when this occurred or how long the justice system took to deliver this verdict.
One of the men shouted that he was "Hitler" and that he would kill everybody there. The men rejected the characterization of their actions as racially motivated and sought acquittal.
The court saw things otherwise. The mother of the family described the beginning of the assault on her home as involving the man saying the following: "You dirty Gypsy woman, come outside so we can beat you to death. I am Hitler here, I'm the boss, I'm the master, I will kill you, we will kill you all."
When the men invaded her home, the woman was the only adult there with her children, including a baby just a few weeks old. The attackers responded to the facts of the case when they were brought before a judge on charges of making dangerous threats and trespassing.
The accused, both from Košice, denied that they had used force to enter the house and that they had damaged the door. One of their mothers, however, had sent the woman who had been harmed by their behavior money to fix the door.
The men also ruled out the allegation that their actions had been racially motivated and said they felt "defamed" by the idea. Their attorney asked that they be released.
The defense indicated that a long-term dispute had been underway between the non-Romani and Romani parties in the case about a wastewater pipe at the back of the Romani home. "This is an ordinary dispute between neighbors that should have been addressed and dealt with according to the law on misdemeanors - they [the Romani occupants of the house] had been warned several times that sewage is flowing from the pipe, literally flows, and ends up on their [neighbors'] land. Under no circumstances was this racially motivated," the attorney for the defendants said.
"According to the basic facts of the case I believe this assault certainly was racially motivated," Prosecutor-General Jaromír Ciznar repeatedly told news server Noviny.sk. If convicted, the defendants faced prison sentences of up to five years.
The first-instance court gave them a one-year suspended sentence. Both parties appealed.
The Regional Court has upheld the conditional sentence, which has now taken effect. "The court considers such a punishment to be proportionate. This is absolutely enough to achieve the purpose of punishment, which is to protect society and re-educate offenders," said Judge Vladimír Varga, who was the sole judge ruling.
- Slovak court finally rules on brutal assault by neo-Nazis seven years ago in Nitra, they appeal
- Slovak Prosecutor: Fascist pandemic is just as dangerous as COVID-19, trial of extreme politician begins tomorrow
- Slovak Interior Ministry Inspectorate begins prosecution of officer who assaulted Romani children
- Slovak MEP and Govt Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities file crime report over assault on Romani children in Krompachy
- Patrik Banga: Police officer who beat Romani children in Slovakia must be fired, he relied on "cigoši" not complaining
- Slovak Interior Minister meets with Romani MPs from governing party about police brutality incident, blames parents of the victims
- Slovak President asks for explanation of incident in which police officer brutalized young children in Romani settlement
- Romani Union of Slovakia: Police brutality against children must be investigated by independent commission, the ministry could be biased
- Slovak Govt Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities says she belives police brutality incident will be properly investigated, officer has been transferred
- Slovak MEP from Romani community strongly condemns police beating of Romani children in quarantined settlement as unacceptable
- Slovak police officer said to have beaten five Romani children in Krompachy settlement and threatened to shoot them
- Slovak PM says local Roma who completed COVID-19 quarantine are role models for the country
- Slovak Government program declaration says it counts on improving the position of Romani people
- Slovak MEP condemns brutal murder in Ireland and the principle of collective blame against Roma
- Slovak Govt Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities Ján Hero: Census numbers do not reflect the actual number of Romani men and women here
- Slovak census: More than 156 000 people declared Romani nationality, more than 100 000 declared Romanes as their mother tongue
- Slovak NGO chair says half of all Romani women living in excluded communities experience domestic violence
- Editors at Slovak news server apologize for anti-Romani, racist joke, but legislator is filing a complaint
- Czech census sees 65 % rise in number of people declaring Romani nationality
- American neo-Nazi gets seven years in prison for threatening activists and journalists
- Czech lower house to review Govt agreement with expansion of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, which advises on racism and other matters
- Czech martial arts organization Oktagon MMA bans contestant because of Hitler tattoo
- Slovak court finally ends absurd story of Romani victims of police brutality being charged with perjury, exonerating the last such defendant
- Slovak first-instance court rules that Romani children were unlawfully assigned to "special needs" classes
- Andrea Bučková's time as Slovak Govt Plenipotentiary for Roma is over, new Plenipotentiary is Ján Hero