Stanislav Mizík, MP of the far-right People's Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS), has been found not guilty for posting an anti-Semitic status on Facebook back in January 2017, the Sme daily reported.
The Supreme Court thus dismissed an appeal submitted by the prosecutor in July 2018, when the Specialised Criminal Court (ŠTS) in Pezinok acquitted Mizik of the charges.Read also:Read more
The prosecutor's office accused the MP of the preparation and sharing of extremist content and of defamation of nation and race.
However, the Supreme Court said it cannot be proven that the Facebook post in question was published by Mizík, Sme wrote.
The Supreme Court admitted the post could have been written by someone else, claiming the account could have even been manipulated.
Besides, an expert as well admitted that there was no evidence found that proved that Mizík's computer was connected to the internet at the time of posting the status, the Denník N daily reported.
Mizík did not attend the July 9 trial in Bratislava in person, and was represented by his lawyer Tomáš Rosina.Read also:Read more
Facebook post attributed to Mizík
A Facebook page supporting ĽSNS in the Bratislava Region published a post in which they criticised then Slovak president Andrej Kiska on January 10, 2017.
He awarded state honours to several public figures, some of whom were criticised in the post and labelled as Jews.
At the bottom of the post, the status was attributed to Mizík. He did not distance himself from the post at that time. On the contrary, it appeared on his Facebook profile and was being shared by several ĽSNS Facebook pages.
Mizík's defence stood on the premise that he did not know how to work with a computer and Facebook, Denník N wrote.
9. Jul 2019 at 13:51 | Compiled by Spectator staff