Kotleba, regional government caught in criminal enquiry

THE DISTRICT prosecutor’s office is looking into text that allegedly celebrates the wartime Nazi-allied Slovak state and the promotion of the party of the Banská Bystrica regional governor Marian Kotleba in the regional newspaper Our Region, the Pravda daily reported in its April 10 issue.

THE DISTRICT prosecutor’s office is looking into text that allegedly celebrates the wartime Nazi-allied Slovak state and the promotion of the party of the Banská Bystrica regional governor Marian Kotleba in the regional newspaper Our Region, the Pravda daily reported in its April 10 issue.

“The district prosecutor’s office is examining the content [of the newspaper] from the criminal point of view,” Ivan Vozár, spokesperson for the regional prosecutor’s office, told Pravda.

One issue of Our Region is said to have promoted Kotleba and his People’s Party-Our Slovakia (ĽSNS). The authors of the text described Kotleba as a liberator who set his office free from the European Union. The texts also celebrate the Slovak state and its president Jozef Tiso.

The newspaper has not responded to questions about the issue, as reported by Pravda.

The printing of the monthly newspaper was paid from the regional government’s budget. The office of the Banská Bystrica region printed about 240,000 pieces which are distributed to the households in the region for free. The office signed an agreement worth €20,088 for printing and distributing five issues, though the regional budget which Kotleba refused to sign does not contain any money allocated for printing the newspaper, Pravda wrote.

According to Lucia Kurilovská, an expert on criminal law, two crimes can be identified in this case. One of them is abusing the power of public representatives, since Kotleba’s office used the public money for his own promotion, and the crime of denying and supporting the Holocaust and crimes of political regimes, Pravda reported.

Source: Pravda

To read more about this story please see: Kotleba turns regional paper into propaganda pamphlet

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