RIGA - During the past two years, four persons have been convicted of racism and incitement to ethnic hatred, including one person who was sentenced to a short prison sentence, according to court judgments compiled by LETA.
The last such verdict was issued on March 4 this year, when Riga Latgale District Court sentenced a man to 140 hours of community service for posting on Facebook a comment expressing hatred of Jews.
Last May, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by a father of three who had been convicted of hate speech by a lower instance court, which issued a suspended sentence.
In 2018, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by a man convicted of inciting racial hatred, and sentenced him to 28 days in prison. In August 2015, the man posted on Facebook a highly derogatory post about a black person he had met in a gym.
Also in 2018, the Supreme Court turned down an appeal from a man convicted of inciting racial hatred for posting a comment on the Internet in 2012 that expressed hatred of Latvians. A lower instance court had given the man a suspended prison sentence.
At the beginning of this month, the State Security Service informed LETA that it was looking into several comments posted on the Internet by residents of Latvia following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.