The newspapers this week have been focusing on the case of seven skinheads who were caught on camera violently beating up people in two separate incidents at a bar in Nitra in October last year and January this year, with criticism being directed at the authorities on how they have dealt with the cases.
The five attackers from the October incident were taken into custody only this week, but they were all soon released by the public prosecutor overseeing the case, despite being charged. The other incident from January involved two men who also broke the bar owner’s leg.
The video of the five men shows them all dressed the same, punching and kicking people in the head and body repeatedly, while laughing among themselves. They are believed to be members of an extreme right-wing group.
All the men could all face between five and twelve years behind bars, as their attacks have been classed as particularly aggressive and violent. The Attorney General’s Office will be looking into how the cases were dealt with.
Slovakia still has a problem with right-wing extremism in general, with around 11% of Slovaks inclined towards supporting right-wing extremism, which is a persistent problem in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, according to the DEREX index. Proof of this came recently with the election of the unashamed extremist Marian Kotleba as the Regional Governor of Banska Bystrica region.