Former SPD member found guilty of hate speech

A Prague district court has found Jaroslav Staník, a former member of the opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD), guilty of hate speech over statements he made in Parliament about Jews, Roma and gays, Czech Television reported on Tuesday.

The court issued the respective penal order on Monday, but its spokeswoman Pavla Hájková could not reveal details of the verdict since not all participants in the case had received it in writing.

The court may impose a suspended sentence of up to one year, home confinement, or a fine.

According to eyewitnesses, Stanik said on the premises of the lower house last October that the Roma, Jews and homosexuals should be shot dead at birth.