Mazurek not prosecuted for Holocaust denial
MP for the far-right Kotleba-People’s Party Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) Milan Mazurek will not be prosecuted for denying the Holocaust on a social network.
An investigator has decided that prosecutors will not press charges against Mazurek who is a member of the parliamentary committee for human rights – for comments written before he became an MP, the aktuality.sk website and the Denník N daily reported on September 7.
“When it comes to the Third Reich, we only know lies and fairy tales about six million and soap made from Jews,” Mazurek wrote in Slovak. “Nothing but lies are taught about Hitler.” His comments were examined by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Prešov and the General Prosecutor’s (GP) Office who both came to the conclusion that Mazurek’s behaviour did not violate the law, the website wrote.
A police investigator in Prešov originally rejected the matter, claiming that the MP with his comments on the social network did not commit the crime of Holocaust denial. His superior, however, thought that the police investigator made his decision too early and turned to the prosecutors to take a closer look at the case.
Holocaust denial has been a crime in Slovakia since 2001.
Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská (Most-Híd) does not understand the decision of police and prosecutors to drop the charges against Mazurek for denying the Holocaust. “I cannot understand it,” she said for the TASR newswire, explaining that the Slovak statutes spell out a crime reflected in this action. “This is a phase when it’s no longer a question of legislation, but about how the police, prosecutors and ultimately the courts are able to operate with this legislation.”