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Smer MPs face prosecution for statements about wartime Slovak state

A criminal prosecution has been launched in connection with a video from January 2013 in which several MPs of the ruling Smer party commented on the wartime Slovak state, which was at that time a satellite of Nazi Germany.

A criminal prosecution has been launched in connection with a video from January 2013 in which several MPs of the ruling Smer party commented on the wartime Slovak state, which was at that time a satellite of Nazi Germany.

In the video, Maroš Kondrót praises then president Jozef Tiso for “having done also a lot of good”, adding that he made an agreement with Hitler, prevented the occupation of Slovakia, and fostered positive economic developments. MP Jana Vaľová emphasised the economic prosperity of wartime Slovakia.

Businessman Peter Cvik from Banov filed a criminal complaint with the police over the video in February. In July, a prosecution was opened for the misdemeanour of support and promotion of groups leading towards the suppression of fundamental rights and freedoms, the Sme daily wrote on September 11. Cvik believes that the statements of the Smer MPs featured in the video defended the mass wartime deportations of citizens of the first Slovak Republic.

Bratislava police spokesperson Michal Szeiff confirmed for Sme that on July 17, a criminal prosecution was opened. The MPs have not been interrogated yet. Vaľová said she was ready to explain her statements, adding that she stressed in the video that she views the wartime Slovak state “negatively in the first place”.

(Source: Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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