Slovak MP says the Holocaust is a "fairy tale and a lie", police will not prosecute
Milan Mazurek, an MP for Kotleba's People's Party Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) and chair of the party's regional club in Prešov, will not be prosecuted for saying that the Holocaust is a "fairy tale and a lie". "I am not advocating for any regime, but we only know fairy tales and lies about the Third Reich, and six million, and soap made from Jews. What we are taught about Hitler is all lies," Mazurek posted to his Facebook profile.
The remark was first investigated by police in Prešov on the suspicion that Mazurek had committed the felony of denying and approving of the Holocaust and the crimes of political regimes, but the detective refused to seek his prosecution. That conclusion was subsequently upheld by the Regional Prosecutor in Prešov and by the Slovak Prosecutor-General.
All of them arrived at the same opinion, which is that Mazurek cannot be prosecuted. "Their opinion is that the procedure of the investigator and the decision were correct and lawful," Marián Spišák, spokesperson for the Regional Prosecutor, was quoted as saying by the SITA agency.
Slovak Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská (Most – Híd) has also expressed an opinion of the decisions. "I am unable to understand this. I am convinced that this behavior meets the legal definition of this crime," news server webnoviny.sk quoted her as saying.
The minister said that at this phase her concern is not about the legislation itself, but about how prosecutors, police and the courts manage to work with it. Mazurek, an admirer of Adolf Hitler, openly espouses neo-Nazism and actively organizes anti-Muslim demonstrations.
Last year, after a demonstration against immigrants in Bratisalav, Mazurek was captured on camera shouted vulgarities at an Arab family, including children, who were then protected by police officers after other extremists began to throw rocks at them. He took office after another ĽSNS candidate who was elected had to step down because he was under indictment for having beaten up a dark-skinned foreigner in 2014.
- Slovak rail system issues new rules to prevent ultra-right party from abusing it for propaganda purposes
- European Court of Human Rights: Slovakia failed to investigate Roma youth's allegations of police brutality
- Slovak Government wants battle against extremism to be more effective
- Roman Čonka: On the crisis of Romani media in Slovakia
- Slovak Interior Ministry says police raid on Romani settlement was correct, victims appeal to Constitutional Court
- Czech-language online hoax alleging Prague terrorist attack now spreading among Slovaks and stealing Facebook passwords
- Slovak accommodation facility refuses students from Turkey, Foreign Ministry says that is discriminatory
- Interview with Slovak journalist Rudolf Sivý: "Extremist" is not the four-letter word it once was
- Slovakia: New campaign warns of the link between online hate and real-world extremism
- Slovakia: Neo-Nazis assemble for hate demonstration, but many more counter-demonstrate against them
- Czech PM says EU must become less bureaucratic, Slovak Govt tells its nationals in Britain not to worry yet
- Slovakia: Neo-Fascist party being investigated by Prosecutor-General, could be banned
- Slovak court rules forcibly sterilized Romani woman to receive compensation, hospital appeals
- Slovakia: Fascist politician seeks minute of silence in Parliament for WWII-era leader, doesn't get it
- Slovak President: Democratic countries face rise of extremism, decency is coming to symbolize "weakness"
- Slovak MP "symbolically" declares himself Romani in official online profile
- Slovak Govt Plenipotentiary for the Roma Community says biased media coverage of animal abuse could spark anti-Romani hatred
- Slovak Ombudswoman and NGOs appeal to Government to compensate illegally sterilized people
- Football hooligans and neo-Nazis blame all Roma for violent crime and march through Czech town, riot police deployed
- Czech extremists move from inciting anti-Romani hatred to railing against "COVID terror" ahead of fall elections
- Czech appeals court exceptionally reduces sentence for social media user who approved of Christchurch massacre, notes current law is imbalanced
- Slovak MP who is also a Romani community member accused of sexually abusing a teenaged girl, claims he is innocent
- After European Court of Human Rights ruling, Slovak court acquits yet another Romani victim wrongfully indicted for reporting a brutal police attack
- Slovakia: Racist politicians launch hateful anti-Romani campaign over state's pandemic benefit for impoverished children
- František Kostlán: Both the Jews and the Roma were victims of the Holocaust
- Czech lower house committee chooses attorney now facing disciplinary action for making light of racist crime to join public broadcasting board
- Czech court sentences brutal, racially-motivated assailant who attacked Romani man in front of children to 7.5 years in prison
- Czech court reopens case against accused neo-Nazis that has lasted more than a decade