Serbia’s Interior Ministry (MUP) said on Tuesday the police arrested a 51-year-old man suspected of ‘spreading national, racial and religious hatred and intolerance’, a crime under Serbia’s Penal Code, N1 reported.
The man identified by R.V. initials is suspected of breaking windows on the building of the Croatian minority cultural organisation in a village of Stari Slankamen in Serbia, northern Vojvodina province, on Monday night.
The suspect will be held in 48-hour police custody before taken to the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office in the nearby town of Sremska Mitrovica.
Serbia’s Ombudsman Zoran Pasalic demanded from MUP information about the “vandal act” in Stari Slankamen and about measures it took.
Pasalic gave MUP the 15-day deadline to comply with the request.
Following the MUP’s answer, the Ombudsman would decide on further actions, his office said.
Earlier on Tuesday, anti-Semitic and Nazi graffiti appeared in Vojvodina’s capital Novi Sad.
The black spray graffiti included a crossed-out Star of David and the words Juden Frei, a term used by the Nazis to denote areas cleansed of Jews during World War 2.