“Milan Mazurek only said what nearly the whole nation thinks,” said Smer chair and ex-prime minister Robert Fico in a video published on Facebook on September 6. “If you punish someone for telling the truth, you make him a national hero.”
Fico now faces investigation for his statements.
In the video, he was responding to the recent ruling of the Supreme Court that found Mazurek, a member of the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS), guilty of defamation of nation, race, and belief. Since Mazurek was convicted of an intentional crime, his parliamentary seat was revoked.
Although Fico respects the Supreme Court ruling, he suggested it was issued under media pressure. He is of the opinion that following the ruling, the preferences for Marian Kotleba’s ĽSNS will only increase.
He went on to ask:
"Should I now be afraid to say that I support the police in their hard interventions in the Roma settlements, as in Moldava nad Bodvou? Should I be afraid to say that a portion of the Roma abuse the social system?"
His statements will now be scrutinised by the National Criminal Agency (NAKA), the TVnoviny.sk website reported.
6. Sep 2019 at 14:43 | Compiled by Spectator staff