The Lithuanian basketball fan, now dubbed the “Olympic Nazi” by the British media, who saluted black ushers with a neo-Nazi greeting during the match between Lithuania and Argentina will have problems in our country, too. Prosecutors launched an investigation of incitement against any nation, race, ethnic, religious, or other group of people; the “Olympic Nazi” could face up to two years in prison, delfi.lt writes.
DELFI already reported that an unidentified basketball fan was making noise during a basketball match. When he saw two black ushers, he saluted them with the Nazi usual greeting – raising his outstretched right arm. The gesture captured on video gained attention from the British media; the Daily Mail titled an article about the Lithuanian, “Olympic Nazi.”
After the incident, organizations fighting racism urged for more rigorous assessments of such cases and for offenders to be immediately withdrawn. Shortly thereafter, police were made aware of another Lithuanian: 36-year-old Petras Leљиinskas was accused of a racist attack and fined 11 thousand litas by the British court. According to the London police, he incited racial hatred by making sounds imitating monkeys and showing Nazi gestures.
Up to two years in prison According to DELFI, the Prosecutor General’s spokeswoman Rыta Dirsienл said that the HRMI appeal was forwarded to the Vilnius District Prosecutor’s Office. Last Friday, Vilnius prosecutors launched a pre-trial investigation under the Penal Code Article 170 Paragraph 2, which states that those who publicly mock, show contempt for, incite hatred, or discriminate against person or a group of a people on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, language, origin, social status, religion, beliefs, or opinions, shall be punished by a fine, or restriction of liberty, or detention, or imprisonment, for up to two years. The investigation will be carried out by Vilnius County Police Headquarters, leaded by the Vilnius Regional Prosecutor’s Office.