Far-Right Leader Who Sent Hitler Tweet Jailed for Violence

By , 22 Sep 2021, 07:24 AM Politics
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STA, 21 September 2021 - Urban Purgar, a high-profile member of the far-right Yellow Jackets movement who sparked controversy in Slovenia with a tweet glorifying Hitler, is in prison, allegedly for committing the crime of violence, the newspaper Večer reports online.

The report says that Purgar had to report to Ljubljana prison on Monday to start serving his five-month sentence, allegedly for the crime of violence.

Večer writes that Purgar has also been sentenced to seven months in prison in a conviction that is not yet final.

Purgar resigned as the head of the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Values earlier this month in the wake of controversy after he posted a tweet reading "Hitler is #hero" on 1 August.

The centre-left opposition has demanded for the Culture Ministry to strip the association of the status of an association in the public interest.

A group called the Legal Network for Protection of Democracy brought a complaint with the supreme state prosecution on 17 August demanding judicial procedure to be opened to ban the association.

The prosecution told the online edition of the magazine Demokracija that there was no basis for the complaint to be acted on.

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