The district court in Kroměříž, southern Moravia, has handed down three-year suspended sentences to five men charged with promoting Nazi ideals via the social networking site Facebook, the Czech state news agency ČTK reported on Monday.
A second attempt to try eight ultra-right activists accused of supporting a movement that denies human rights — in part, for putting up neo-Nazi stickers and posters around the Czech capital in 2010 to promote a march honoring fallen German WWII-era soldiers — is now underway.
In April 2009, then two-year-old Natálka Kudriková suffered burns on 80 percent of her body following an arson attack on her family home by neo-Nazis. The case caused a public outcry — and also led to an outpouring of support for her family; they were even given a new house to live in, purchased in part through donations from the public. Local media now report that the property has been under an execution order since December.
A Czech state prosecutor has indicted two members of the far-right Workers Party for Social Justice (DSSS) for allegedly shouting racist slogans at and otherwise abusing Tonya Graves, the African-American lead singer of the popular Prague funk outfit Monkey Business. Both of the men have been been tried before, for violent crimes and theft.
Despite a fall in numbers compared to the 1990s, extreme right-wing movements in the Czech Republic are becoming more discreet and sophisticated while at the same time widening their range of targets, a report commissioned by the Interior Ministry says, warning neo-Nazis and other groups may resort to terrorism. Their inspiration comes in the main from Russia (hardcore violence) and Italy (politics).
Czech police say they have started proceedings against 15 women who helped in the organization, running and propagation of the views of the neo-Nazi movement Resistance Women Unity (RWU), believed to be the women’s offshoot of the national group National Resistance (Národní odpor).
The Czech Bar Association (ČAK) board is to decide next week how to proceed in the case of Petr Kočí, an attorney representing a member of the far-right Workers' Social Justice Party (DSSS) who is reported to have attacked the impartiality and credibility of an expert witness due to his ‘Jewish origins,’ a move that prompted Constitutional Court chairman Pavel Rychetský to call for Kočí to be disbarred.
Czech judicial expert on extremism Michal Mazel says he is tired of being attacked due to his professional activities and Jewish origin and is calling for special commissions to replace judicial experts to assess cases of racism and political extremism. The last straw for Mazel was the objection of his assessment by a lawyer defending a far-right activist from the Workers’ Party for Social Justice (DSSS).
The trial of five young men accused of propagating Nazism and inciting racial hatred by posting videos containing Nazi symbols and music clips with neo-Nazi content on their Facebook pages has begun in the Moravian town of Kroměříž. If found guilty, the accused could face from three to ten years in prison. All of the accused have pleaded not guilty.
The Czech-Romany Civic Association headed by Miroslav Tancoš on Sunday backed a resolution calling for the abolition of the state Agency for Social Inclusion in Romany Localities, the Government Advisory Council for Roma Minority Affairs, and the regional coordinators for minorities. In their place it wants to see the creation of a consulate for the Romany of the Czech Republic.