Slovak fascist politician claimed COVID-19 didn't exist. Now he has it.
The leader of the Slovak ultra-right, Marian Kotleba, has tested positive for COVID-19 after making light of the pandemic and spreading conspiracy theories and disinformation about it among his followers by sharing various videos on social media. Kotleba is known for his attitude toward the pandemic and for wearing his face mask below his nose.
The politician is claiming to have caught the virus during the trial that sentenced him to more than four years in prison last week. "Friends, yesterday I was tested and the result came today," he posted to Facebook last Thursday.
"It's positive! What does that mean? We certainly all caught it when the Gestapo tried me on Monday, 12 October. None of us were ill before the trial," Kotleba alleged.
"After the trial, my attorneys, my fellow MPs, and I have now tested positive," Kotleba posted to Facebook. He also accused the presiding judge of reckless endangerment, claiming that he had advised the court that his temperature was rising during the trial.
Even if he was already infected during the trial, it did not prevent him from extending his closing remarks to almost eight hours. He was then sentenced to four years and four months in prison for promoting a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms.
The verdict has yet to take effect, so Kotleba has been at large and therefore could have infected his fellow MPs and other staff at the National Assembly, which he also pointed out in his social media post. Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič wasted no time responding to the news of Kotleba's infection.
"How can Kotleba be positive, he says COVID doesn't exist," the PM rhetorically asked news server HNonline.sk, joking that he had finally "gotten up the courage" to hold a press conference with the ultra-right leader only for it to be spoiled by "a flu". Because of Kotleba's positive test, Boris Kollár, the speaker of the National Assembly, has suspended the business of Parliament until Tuesday, 3 November at 9 AM.
MPs and National Assembly staff reportedly then went to Bratislava's St. Michael Hospital for antigen tests. Kotleba and his fellow MPs from the "People's Party Our Slovakia" are now in compulsory quarantine.
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