Slota appeals drunk driving fine and suspended license

Businessman Ján Slota, the former chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS) and former Žilina mayor, has appealed the sentence for drunk driving that binds him to pay a fine of €5,000 and not to drive for 16 months.

Businessman Ján Slota, the former chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS) and former Žilina mayor, has appealed the sentence for drunk driving that binds him to pay a fine of €5,000 and not to drive for 16 months.

“The defendant Ján S. filed an appeal on September 23 against the verdict of the District Court Čadca which found him guilty of the misdemeanour of threatening under influence of addictive,” Žilina Regional Court spokeswoman Anna Dudová told Plus Jeden Deň daily on September 25. On September 18, also the Čadca prosecutor filed an appeal, stating that she would reveal more details at the main trial the date of which has not been set so far.

Slota faced up to one year in prison for drunk-driving and his driving license had been suspended. The police detained him on May 9 in Čadca after attempting to flee traffic officers. After refusing to submit to a breathalyser test or 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 was placed in custody. He was released only a few hours after his arrest and as a result avoided the super-fast-tracked proceeding typically used in such cases. In mid-September, he was sentenced to a fine of €5,000 and a ban on driving for 16 months by the Čadca District Court, escaping a more serious sentence.

(Source: Plus Jeden Deň)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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