Slovakia: Law could lead to Communist Party's dissolution

7 November 2011

, 7 November 2011

Twenty-two years after the 1989 revolution, “the police will investigate the communists” announces SME. Two months after a law made it a punishable offence to deny crimes committed by the communist regime, the police will look into whether the Communist Party of Slovakia (KSS), established in 1992, is denying that any such crimes were committed by its ideological predecessor, the Czechoslovak Communist Party: “Since there is no collective guilt, there are no communist crimes,” writes KSS on its website.

Noting that the new law could lead to dissolution of the party, the Bratislava daily also recalls that no high-ranking Communists – neither Vasil Bilak, who signed the letter of invitation to the armies of the Warsaw Pact in 1968, nor the head of State Security, Alojz Lorenc – have ever been put on trial. SME is all the more sceptical as it considers that “the justice system is still run by (former) members of that party that organised state terror.” In the 2010 elections, the KSS received 0.83% of the vote.