Brno, Sept 3 (CTK) – A former candidate of the extra-parliamentary extreme rightist Workers’ Party of Social Justice (DSSS) in the Moravia-Silesia Region committed a criminal act by spreading a pre-election leaflet with racist attacks on the Roma the Supreme Court said about the recourse he filed.
The ruling was published three months after it was delivered.
The district court in Frydek-Mistek, north Moravia, sentenced the man to 150 hours of community work.
For the same leaflet, he had been tried before by the court in Novy Jicin, north Moravia.
The court in Frydek-Mistek dealt with the situation in a pub in Smilovice near Trinec in February 2016. The man brought a leaflet with his photo and slogans such as “Stop Advantages to the Gypsies,” “Stop the Gypsy Terror” and “Let Us Adapt the Unadaptable” there.
The leaflet featured a picture of the white sheep kicking out a black sheep from the Czech flag.
The court ruled that this amounted to a spread of intolerance with a racist and xenophobic background. The verdict was upheld by the Regional Court in Ostrava.
The man said in his recourse that putting a single copy of the leaflet on a table could not be considered the crime by print.
He said the leaflet had only been seen by two people in the public, while the third was too drunk to understand it.
The Supreme Court ruled that even a leaflet can be considered a printed matter.
“The defendant had another 252 copies of the leaflet in question in his car. This shows that the defendant printed the leaflet in a large quantity,” it added.