Ultra-con Bátora claims Facebook page hacked

Divisive figure Ladislav Bátora claims he didn’t write disparaging comments on his Facebook page about TOP 09’s Schwarzenberg

Politics & Policy|Society
Tom Jones | 06.09.2011
Ladislav Bátora says he’ll hire a private company to find out who hacked into his account

The Czech press widely reported Tuesday morning that the ultra-Conservative figure Ladislav Bátora had again attacked Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09), calling him a senile freemason insider on his Facebook page, and saying he is leading the country down the “road to hell.” Later in the day, however, Bátora called a press conference at which he claimed his Facebook account had been hacked.

“Prince [Karel Schwarzenberg] is beginning to show signs of senile dementia. His freemason, truth-loving and opportunistic tendencies are a road to hell for our country. It would show great kindness to the citizens of this country if he retired to his stately home and took [Finance Minister Miroslav] Kalousek with him as his lackey,” the comment posted on Bátora’s Facebook page on Tuesday morning read.

‘Victim of hackers’

At around midday, Bátora appeared with his boss, Education Minister Josef Dobeš (Public Affairs, VV), and announced that his Facebook account had been hacked — and that an unknown person had posted the inflammatory message. Bátora also said that at 8:43 a.m. on Tuesday, when he was already in a ministerial meeting, the email address valid for his Facebook page was changed and that he could no longer access his Facebook account.

Bátora then announced that he would hire a private IT security firm to investigate the incident and lodge a criminal complaint against an unknown person.

The incident comes just days after Dobeš was forced to remove Bátora from his post as chief of personnel and an advisory role to another post in his ministry after ministers from TOP 09 — the second-largest of the three governing coalition parties, which is headed by Schwarzenberg — refused to attend cabinet meetings until Bátora’s removal.

In a mid-August post on his Facebook page, Bátora had called Schwarzenberg a “sorry little old man” (chudáček starej). Schwarzenberg had reportedly called Bátora an “old Fascist” prior to Bátora’s open attack via Facebook.

Presidential protégé

Former Public Affairs MP Kristýna Kočí (now non-affiliated) told the tabloid Blesk that she knew why Bátora, who ran for the ultra right-wing National Party in 2006, had been given a job in the education ministry by her former colleague Dobeš:       

“As Dobeš said at a meeting of Public Affairs’ club of MPs, the only qualification the extremist Bátora has for working at the Education Ministry is a recommendation from the [Prague] Castle [seat of the Czech President’s office],” Kočí told the daily. “Dobeš said it’s necessary to find a place for Bátora at the ministry because it’s necessary to deepen the already good ties with President Klaus,” she added.