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Slovakia's former justice minister goes on trial for supporting Russia

Jun 6, 2023

Former Slovak Minister of Justice Stefan Harabin faces up to three years in prison for publicly endorsing Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine.


According to Ukrinform, this was reported by Dennik N.

"I would have done the same thing as Putin did regarding the events in Ukraine," he wrote on social media in February last year - the day after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion.

On June 1, a special prosecutor's office filed charges against him over the post.

Prosecutor's office spokeswoman Jana Tekelova said that Harabin is accused of "the crime of defamation against a nation, race, and beliefs, as well as of approving a criminal act."

Judge of the Specialized Criminal Court Jan Buvala is expected to make a decision on the indictment.

If found guilty, the former minister, who previously headed the Supreme Court and the Council of Courts and was a presidential candidate, faces up to three years in prison.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 06/06/2023

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