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Slovak Supreme Court overrules outlawing of extremist group Slovenská Pospolitosť

The Slovak Supreme Court annulled the Interior Ministry's decision of November 12, 2008 to outlaw the extreme right-wing organisation Slovenská Pospolitosť (SP)(Slovak Togetherness), returning the matter to the ministry, Peter Preti from the Supreme Court told the TASR newswire on Wednesday, July 1.

The Slovak Supreme Court annulled the Interior Ministry's decision of November 12, 2008 to outlaw the extreme right-wing organisation Slovenská Pospolitosť (SP)(Slovak Togetherness), returning the matter to the ministry, Peter Preti from the Supreme Court told the TASR newswire on Wednesday, July 1.

The Supreme Court ruled that Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák's decision was illegal and that the legal conditions for disbanding Slovenská Pospolitosť had not been met. The Interior Ministry decided to outlaw this organization in response to “activities that incite hatred and national, racial, religious as well as political intolerance, achieving its goals via actions that contradict the Slovak Constitution and law”.

Prime Minister Robert Fico reacted to the ministry's move in November 2008 by claiming that this was proof that Slovakia will noy tolerate the spreading of national or racial hatred. The Interior Ministry will outlaw the SP a second time as it hasn't put a stop to its unlawful activities, ministry spokesman Erik Tomáš said on the same day. The Slovak Supreme Court's ruling on Wednesday to annul the Interior Ministry's decision which outlawed Slovenská Pospolitosť is beyond my comprehension, said Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Ján Slota later in the day. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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