A Cyber Bully Who Urged to Throw Stones at Gay People Regrets His Actions

On Friday 24th October 2014 the Vilnius District Court started proceedings in a criminal case, where prosecutors accuse Dmitrijus Masliukovas of public insult, humiliation, and harassment for a group of people based on their sexual orientation. The process was initiated after Mr. Masliukovas wrote a comment in one Lithuanian website about the upcoming Baltic Pride 2013 March for Equality in Vilnius.

The national LGBT* rights organization LGL then appealed to the prosecutor’s office by asking to launch an investigation regarding several hateful comments posted below an article. The officials identified offenders and proceeded a criminal process by fining him.

In this criminal case the state prosecutor supporting the charge reported that Mr. Masliukovas had posted a hateful comment online under a pseudonym “ddd” on 5 July 2014 that mocked, insulted and humiliated people on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

A 29 year-old commentator Mr. Masliukovas from Vilnius, who had urged to throw stones at gay people, claimed that he would never do that again. “I posted it because of my religious beliefs; these relationships are condemned by my faith,” – he later explained.

However Mr. Masliukovas implies that he did not intend to offend or humiliate anyone. The cyber-bully stated that he was outraged that Government was wasting taxpayers’ money to protect LGBT* people during the Baltic Pride 2013 March for Equality.

The comment was written under the article which reported on a court verdict that obliged Vilnius City Municipality Administration to grant organizers of the Baltic Pride 2013 March for Equality with a permit to march.

The commentator, who previously had no criminal record, acknowledged that he would not write such comments again: “That time I just wrote what struck my mind.”

The national LGBT* rights organization LGL reminds that comments on the internet inciting against a nationality, race, ethnic, religious or any other group are classified under criminal offence against equality and freedom of conscience. Lithuanian laws assume criminal liability for these offences.