Former Slovak Justice Minister to be tried for supporting Russian aggression

Former Slovak Justice Minister Štefan Harabin will be tried for supporting Russian aggression and invasion of Ukraine. This is reported by Dennik N.

Photo: Štefan Harabin. @Tomáš Benedikovič

On February 25, 2022, Harabin publicly supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and wrote that he would have done the same as Putin.

On June 1, 2023, a special prosecutor’s office charged him with the crime of “slander and approval of a crime.” The former minister faces up to 3 years in prison.

“I am proud of the statement I wrote, and I will repeat it at any time. There is no doubt that Putin and the Russian Federation acted in accordance with international law. He cannot be an aggressor,” he said in a statement.

What is known about Štefan Harabin

Štefan Harabin is a Slovak judge and right-wing politician, Minister of Justice of Slovakia in 2006-2009, President of the Supreme Court of Slovakia in 1998-2003 and 2009-2012 of Slovakia in 2019. In 2019, he also ran for the presidency of the country, but took 3rd place in the election.

On May 16, 2022, Harabin, who spoke out in support of the actions of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine, was arrested by the Slovak police on charges of promoting extremism.

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