Ex-SPD secretary Jaroslav Staník to be tried for hate speech

Jaroslav Staník, a former secretary of the extreme-right opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement, will be tried in court over statements he made about Jews, Roma and homosexuals.

Staník has been charged with fomenting hatred towards a group of people, infringing upon their rights and freedoms, and denying the Holocaust while calling for genocide. If found guilty, he faces up to three years in prison.

According to eyewitnesses, including fellow MPs, Staník said last October that homosexuals, Roma and Jews should be shot at birth, and called for members of those minority groups to be gassed. He had allegedly been drinking heavily when he made the comments in the restaurant of the lower house of parliament.

Author: Brian Kenety