Bratislava, July 27 (TASR) – A prosecutor from the Special Prosecutor’s Office (USP) on Thursday (July 26) pressed charges against far-right People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) leader Marian K. for the offence of demonstrating sympathy to a movement advocating for the suppression of fundamental rights and freedoms, USP spokesperson Jana Tokolyova told TASR on Friday.
The offence comes from the fact that Marian K. gave donations with cheques for €1,488 to three families at an event marking the founding of the Slovak state that took place in Banska Bystrica in 2017. The number 1,488 is widely known in Neo-Nazi circles: the number 88 is the Nazi salute of Heil Hitler, as the letter H is eighth in the alphabet, and the number 14 signifies the Fourteen Words coined by prominent white nationalist and Ku Klux Klan member David Lane: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
“By publicly using (neo)Nazi and extremist symbols, he expressed his sympathies to racist and Nazi ideology aimed at suppressing fundamental rights and freedoms and declaring racist and ethnic-based hatred,” stated Tokolyova.
Several LSNS members have faced various lawsuits at different courts. Last time, MP Stanislav M. stood in front of the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok (Bratislava region) for a defamatory status update he made on a social network. The court eventually dropped the indictment against him on July 4. Marian K. took part in the trial as a witness.