Croatia / Misdemeanor Court in Zagreb / Pp J-3220/2019-10
Crime type(s) concerned/related
Related hate bias motivation
Key facts of the case
The defendant was sentenced to a fine for HRK 1,000.00 for a violation of Art. 25 par. 1 of the Anti-Discrimination Act. The defendant insulted his daughter's ex- extramarital husband on the religious grounds with the words "Why are you looking at me like that, motherfucker, you Muslim shit" which caused him a sense of anxiety and disgust.
The Court found the perpetrator guilty for a misdemeanour, breaking Art. 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act of Croatia. The Court found that based on Article 25, the defendant, with the aim to intimidate or to create a hostile, degrading or offensive environment on the grounds of a difference in ethnic affiliation and religion hurt his daughter's ex- extramarital husband.
Is the case related to the application of the Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia, the Racial Equality Directive?
Key issues (concepts, interpretations) clarified by the case
The key issue in this case was determining whether the defendant intended to create a hostile, degrading or offensive environment on the grounds of a difference in ethnic affiliation and religion, with his behaviour.
Results (sanctions, outcome) and key consequences or implications of the case
The perpetrator was sentenced to a fine according to the Anti-Discrimination Act (misdemeanour provisions on discrimination in Art. 25 par. 1) for causing fear or creating a hostile, degrading or offensive environment based on the protected grounds.