Six of the eight people facing charges of promoting and supporting a movement to suppress human rights and freedoms have gone on trial with a new judge before the Prague 1 District Court today. The case concerns the promotion of neo-Nazism, such as that espoused by the group National Resistance (Národní odpor – NO), and of convening neo-Nazi events. The defendants face between three and eight years in prison if convicted.
Those on trial include the former chair of the Prague cell of the dissolved neo-Nazi Workers’ Party (Dělnická strana – DS), Patrik Vondrák; the former chair of the party’s Vysočina region organization, Milan Hroch; and longtime ultra-right activist Filip Vávra. A total of six defendants appeared in court today, while the other two consented to being tried in absentia. Some defendants testified to the court today, while others simply referred to their previous testimony. All have pleaded innocent.