First-ever Slovak terrorist sentenced to 25 years in prison

THE KOŠICE Regional Court dismissed the appeal of Ladislav K., the first Slovak charged with terrorism, illegal arming and other crimes, on September 10, and thus confirmed the verdict of the lower-instance court sending the man to prison for 25 years.

THE KOŠICE Regional Court dismissed the appeal of Ladislav K., the first Slovak charged with terrorism, illegal arming and other crimes, on September 10, and thus confirmed the verdict of the lower-instance court sending the man to prison for 25 years.

Ladislav K. will serve his sentence in the maximum security prison. Moreover, the court ordered him a protective supervision that will last 36 months, the SITA newswire reported.

The regional court did not accept the argument that Ladislav K., who in December 2011 left a bomb in the waste bin close to the fast-food restaurant in Košice that later exploded, was not totally sane when committing the crime. It did not find any proof doubting the findings in the original verdict. Experts concluded that Ladislav K. did not suffer from any mental disorder when committing the crime, as reported by SITA.

The Košice I District Court issued the original verdict on July 10. The chair of the senate said that the evidence without a doubt proved that the accused committed the crimes. The senate took into consideration also the expert opinion of psychiatrists which stated that the accused does not suffer from any mental disorder that would decrease his sanity, his ability to control his behaviour and recognise the dangerousness of his acts.

The court found Ladislav K. guilty of together 10 crimes, including terrorism and illegal arming, SITA reported.

The incident took place on December 28, 2011, when a homemade bomb blasted in a waste bin near the fast-food restaurant in Košice. Nobody was injured in the incident, the explosion caused only material damages. Ladislav K. said he did it in name of protecting the lives of dogs.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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