Prague, March 3 (CTK) – The court in Decin, north Bohemia, has sentenced actor Jiri Marysko to the fine of 25,000 crowns and 180 hours of community work in the form of ghosting at a castle for a hoax with a photo tastelessly featuring the execution of the inhabitants of Lidice, Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote on Thursday.

Under the verdict, Marysko must scare visitors to local castle in Decin.

“I will haunt them in the costume of a black knight during the night shows,” Marysko said.

He agreed on the punishment with the probation service, confirmed by the Usti court in February, MfD writes.

“I will have to do this along with my job in the theatre. I will do this in my spare time,” Marysko said.

“When performing three to four times a week, something must be adapted to this,” he added.

Marysko is an actor of both the prestigious Divadlo na Vinohradech theatre in Prague and the Cinoherni studio theatre in Usti.

Marysko caused a scandal on the Usti political scene last February when he posted a photo from the film Lidice depicting the mass murder of local men on the Facebook. He wrote there that in this way, he would like the cleanup in Usti to be made.

Under the photo, he wrote the names of his political opponents, some local Social Democrats and Communists. They then filed a criminal complaint against him.

The village of Lidice was obliterated on June 10, 1942, in retaliation for the assassination of acting Protector of Bohemia and Moravia Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak paratroopers in Prague. All 173 men were executed, women and children were sent to concentration camps, while some of the children were selected for re-education in Germany. After the war, only 143 women and 17 children returned to the country.

“This is no joke. He has to realise that some Lidice women and children are still alive. One cannot trample on the memory and play down the Lidice tragedy in this way,” state attorney Jan Rehacek said. He and Marysko then agreed on his pleading guilty.

Marysko said after his experience with the judiciary he would never repeat the joke with Lidice.