Mazurek only voiced what the whole nation thinks, said Fico

Smer leader defends the far right MP recently convicted for racist statements. He himself now faces investigation by NAKA.

Smer chair Robert FicoSmer chair Robert Fico (Source: TASR)

“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 Since Mazurek was convicted of an intentional crime, his parliamentary seat was revoked.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.

Related articleFar-right MP Mazurek found guilty. He will lose his seat Read more 

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.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

President Zuzana Caputova delivers her state of the republic address in parliament on September 27, 2021.

President Čaputová: We need to protect this world and Slovakia's place in it

In her speech about the state of the republic, the president offered a grim summary of the pandemic so far. Slovakia is in desperate need of stability.


52m
Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (aka Tutul)

Bratislava reminds me of Bangladesh, says exiled writer

Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury calls on the Slovak capital to help exiled writers and artists work through their trauma.


6 h

News digest: Fear of Covid vaccines behind low vaccination rate in Slovakia

PM does not expect national emergency to be declared. Romania toughens up rules for incomers from Slovakia. President will present her state of the republic address.


18 h
Most Slovak believe that “we” should also include foreigners, although they are quick to point out that efforts to integrate should be undertaken mainly by the foreigners themselves.

What Slovaks shouldn’t forget when they dream of the perfect foreigner

Bratislava’s mayor is right that integration is a two-way street, but even the capital still has some way to go to see foreigners as residents rather than just visitors.


22 h
Skryť Close ad