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Parliament saves SNS boss Slota from prosecution

Ján Slota will not face prosecution for his nationalist and anti-minority outbursts, parliamentary deputies decided September 20.

Of 79 deputies present, only 19 voted in favor of a request by a police investigator that Slota's parliamentary immunity from prosecution be lifted, which would have allowed his criminal prosecution. Forty-two were against the request, and 17 abstained from voting.

In a public speech earlier this year, made apparently while drunk, Slota called for the nation to rise up in arms and to "level Budapest to the ground." He also made other insulting remarks towards Hungarians. The investigator said that Slota is suspected of defaming a nation and inciting national hatred.

During the debate over his fate, Slota said his call for a war with Hungary was a metaphor. Under the Slovak constitution, parliament must vote to lift immunity from any deputy before he can be prosecuted for a crime.

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