Poles investigate far-right paper praising Nazis

20th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2005, WARSAW - Polish prosecutors have found illegal words of praise for Nazis in a newspaper published by Germany's far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) but printed in Poland, Polish Radio (PR) reported Wednesday.

20 July 2005

WARSAW - Polish prosecutors have found illegal words of praise for Nazis in a newspaper published by Germany's far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) but printed in Poland, Polish Radio (PR) reported Wednesday.

The NPD contracted "Lubpress" a Polish print-shop in Zielona Gora, western Poland, to print their Deutsche Stimme (German Voice) newspaper.

Because Polish law prohibits public praise for totalitarian ideologies such as fascism or Stalinism, justice officials confiscated the print-run.

But as the paper was not publicly distributed in Poland, prosecutors are having difficulty pressing criminal charges against the NPD or Lubpress.

"Everything depends on further developments in the investigation," State Prosecutor Kazimierz Rubaszewski told PR.

"We must be completely certain the printers were fully aware of the meaning of the texts in the newspaper they were printing - this could be very difficult," he said. Lubpress officials claim they were completely unaware of Deutsche Stimme's contents.

Lubpress cancelled its contract with the NPD after Polish justice officials took an interest in the newspaper, which PR reported is now printed in Lithuania.

DPA

Subject: German news

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