Court dissolves extremist party

THE SUPREME Court dissolved the extreme-right Slovenská pospolitosť national party (SPNS) yesterday in the first verdict of its kind in Slovakia.

The court cited as the reason for its decision the party's programme, which violates the Slovak Constitution. The party called for the creation of an estate-based society, typical of fascist ideology, in which only the members of 10 selected estates would have the right to vote and be elected. The court said that the constitution guaranteed the right to vote and seek office to all members of society.

The Interior Ministry will now expel the party from the list of registered political groups as soon as it receives the verdict.

The decision cannot be appealed, the SME daily wrote.

The party openly admires the 1939-1945 wartime Slovak state, which was supported by Nazi Germany.

SPNS Chairman Marián Kotleba, a secondary school teacher from Banská Bystrica, said he had not been given a chance to defend himself at court. He said that the members of his party were not giving up on the idea of running in the upcoming general elections, although it is unclear how they mean to do this.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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