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Prosecutors in Žilina say no law covers bust of Slovak war criminal

The Žilina District prosecutor’s office as well as the Žilina Regional prosecutor's office have announced that the placing of a bust of Ferdinand Ďurčanský, a Slovak wartime-state politician, on a square in the town of Rajec is not regulated by law and that their offices will take no action against the bust, the SITA newswire reported.

The Žilina District prosecutor’s office as well as the Žilina Regional prosecutor's office have announced that the placing of a bust of Ferdinand Ďurčanský, a Slovak wartime-state politician, on a square in the town of Rajec is not regulated by law and that their offices will take no action against the bust, the SITA newswire reported.

Even though both offices confirmed that Ďurčanský had been sentenced to death for high treason and collaboration with Nazis after World War II they said there was nothing the their offices could do to seek removal of the bust from Rajec. The Žilina offices said they would like to initiate changes so that placing statues or memorials is regulated by law.

Following the unveiling of a bust to the controversial Foreign Affairs Minister of the wartime Slovak state in his home-town of Rajec near Žilina, the police launched criminal prosecution this past summer for the offense of ‘support and promotion of groups aimed at suppressing fundamental rights and freedoms’. However, this effort was abandoned in August 2011.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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