THE INTERIOR Ministry confirmed that a leader of Slovakia's right-wing extremists has been taken into custody and charged with promoting fascism.
Interior Ministry spokesman Boris Ažaltovič told the daily Národná Obroda that a resident of the eastern city of Košice, Igor Mižák, the alleged founder of a Slovak branch of an international extremist movement called Blood and Honor, was recently arrested in the neighbouring Prešov region.
In Mižák's car police found a number of T-shirts with racist motifs. More T-shirts and printed material promoting fascism were later discovered during a search of the man's flat. Mižák, who is also accused of producing racist websites, was wanted by police for several years and was also reported to have been followed by the country's secret service.
Anti-racism activists welcomed the arrest.
Ladislav Ďurkovič from People against Racism NGO said: "At last the police have taken a step that should later have an impact on dozens of members of Slovakia's neo-nazi elite. We think this is a positive step, but at the same time we point out that this [arrest] commits the police to continue in this vein."
21. Apr 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA