Prosecutor appeals verdict on Slota, who may yet see jail time

In the case of drunk-driving of former chairman of the Slovak National party (SNS) Ján Slota, prosecutor filed an appeal against the verdict. Court found him guilty of the misdemeanour of threatening others under influence of addictives and fined him with €5,000, while also banning him from driving for 16 months.

In the case of drunk-driving of former chairman of the Slovak National party (SNS) Ján Slota, prosecutor filed an appeal against the verdict. Court found him guilty of the misdemeanour of threatening others under influence of addictives and fined him with €5,000, while also banning him from driving for 16 months.

“Prosecutor of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Čadca filed an appeal in the due deadline against the criminal warrant of the District Court Čadca,” Milan Cisarik, the prosecutor and spokesman of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office Čadca, told the SITA newswire. “After the appeal has been filed, a single judge will order the main court proceeding in the case, according to the Criminal Order,“ he added.

Thus, Slota can still face prison sentence for this misdemeanour. “If his deed is found a crime, court can sentence him to up to one year in prison, or a fine of €160 to €331,930,” Cisarik said. “The perpetrator can also be punished with ban of the activity – means driving – for up to 10 years. In similar cases, courts usually give them a financial punishment and the ban on the activity.”

The police detained Slota May 9, in Čadca, after he refused to stop and attempted to flee traffic officers. After refusing to submit to a breathalyser test or to provide a blood sample, he was automatically deemed to have a blood-alcohol level above 1 part per thousand (and thus liable for criminal prosecution), and placed into custody, the Sme daily reported. However, for reasons that remain unclear, Slota was released only a few hours after his arrest, and as a result, avoided the super-fast-tracked proceeding typically used in such cases, Sme reported.

Slota was first spotted by police officers, who believed him to be drunk and called the state police after seeing him get into a car. He was detained, but released soon after. The officers who released him were reprimanded by the regional police head.

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