Austria: 3 guilty of glorifying Nazism

2013-01-11 11:02

Vienna - An Austrian court has convicted a leading neo-Nazi and two accomplices of glorifying Nazism through a website and sentenced them to prison terms of up to nine years.

Gottfried Kuessel was given a nine-year prison sentence on Thursday for being the founder of the "Alpen-Donau" website. He already spent time in prison in the 1990s on conviction of trying to form a successor to the Nazi party.

The two others - Felix Binder and Wilhelm Anderle - were sentenced to seven and 4 years respectively.

The website is no longer active, but defied years of Austrian efforts to shut it down because it was housed on a US server.

Austrian officials said that left their hands tried because of US free speech laws. Austria bans glorification of the Nazi era.


  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2013-01-11 11:09

    Its a bit of a disgrace , the group are evil twats but you don't follow the facists route and ban free speech . You refute their idea's that form a natural social ostracisation of it , otherwise it fuels interest , curiousity and without intellecual challenge becomes infective and dangerous again.

  • markus.ippy - 2013-01-11 11:59

    In Germany it is prohibited as well and carries prison sentences . Freedom of speech is a good thing to a certain extent . But look at the utterances some South Africans make ( regardless of colour ) and what it leads to ... All under the guise of freedom of speech

  • dtangocci - 2013-01-11 12:32

    This is so backwards. I don't respect governments that don't allow freedom of speech.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-01-11 12:50

      So if someone started a party in South Africa calling for the destruction of all black people and for us to invade all the neighboring countries you would have no problem with that? In case you hadn't noticed, once a Nazi party comes to power they immediately ban all free speech.

      denny.cray - 2013-01-11 15:39

      Freedom of speech is normally limited to prevent incitement to violence. We don't know exactly what was on the website so we aren't really in a position to make that call. Btw - the ANC can be described as Nationalist/Socialist. (It is actually even described as such on their wikipedia page - African nationalism/Democratic socialism)

  • gary.landman - 2013-01-24 17:24

    I am not advocating Nazism, but they have no different agenda to those who carried out xonophobic attacks against Zim's and other nationalities in the RSA just a little while ago, what they want is for their goverment to put a halt on free immigration from eastern and african states, where the immigrants are wholly supported by tax levied on indiginous Austrians. This liberal agenda will be the downfall of all society at some point. i.e. it will degrade first world economy to breaking point, and it will take away all incentive to developing nations to try to overcome their problems. We need to look at this long term.

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