BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The chief of a far-right celebration with seats within the Slovak parliament was convicted of unlawful use of neo-Nazi symbols and sentenced to 4 years and 4 months in jail on Monday.
Marian Kotleba, head of the Folks’s Social gathering Our Slovakia, was standing trial after he introduced three poor households with checks for 1,488 euros in 2017. The number one,488 has a symbolic that means for neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
The decision is not ultimate. Kotleba pleaded not responsible and might attraction the decision issued by the Specialised Felony Court docket in Pezinok. The nation’s Supreme Court docket would resolve on his attraction.
The intense far-right Folks’s Social gathering Our Slovakia, whose members use Nazi salutes and need Slovakia out of the European Union and NATO, was the fourth-most widespread celebration within the nation in February’s parliamentary elections with 8% help.
It has 17 seats within the 150-seat the Slovak Parliament and two seats within the European Parliament.
Kotleba and his celebration’s members overtly again the legacy of the Nazi puppet state that Slovakia was throughout World Struggle II.
The incident in 2017 occurred on March 14, the anniversary of the Slovak wartime state’s institution in 1939.
Final yr, the Supreme Court docket dismissed a request by the nation’s prosecutor common to ban Kotleba’s celebration.
In his request, Jaromir Ciznar stated the Folks’s Social gathering Our Slovakia is an extremist group whose actions violate the nation’s structure and its aim is to destroy the nation’s democratic system.
However the courtroom dominated that the prosecutor common failed to supply sufficient proof for the ban.
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