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On Thursday, the Innsbruck Regional Court sentenced a German citizen to a conditional 18-month prison term for Nazi acts. In addition, an unconditional fine was imposed on the 26-year-old who wore a swastika around his neck.
The verdict: The 26-year-old has to pay a visit to a former concentration camp. In addition, an 18-month conditional prison sentence and an unconditional fine in the amount of 2250 euros were imposed on him – not legally binding.
At the same time, a trial against a man who had shown the Hitler salute in a shopping mall and repeatedly shouted “Heil Hitler” was taking place in another hearing room of the Innsbruck Regional Court. The 44-year-old was remorseful at the trial. He said he couldn’t remember anything.
“I’m totally flabbergasted, sorry,” said the defendant, according to the Kronen-Zeitung. At the time of the crime, he was heavily drunk. The testimony of five witnesses, who all described the same thing, would have “totally shocked” him. The court sentenced the man to four months conditionally and an unconditional fine of 1200 euros. The verdict is not yet legally binding.
A “conditional” sentence in Austrian and Swiss law is similar to a suspended sentence in German law and can also be suspended under certain conditions.