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Seven men found guilty of neo-Nazi crimes in Austria

A video showed some of the men shouting ‘Heil Hitler’.

Part of the concentration camp at Mauthausen
Part of the concentration camp at Mauthausen
Image: Concentration camp via Shutterstock

AN AUSTRIAN COURT has found seven men guilty of neo-Nazi activities and has sentenced them to up to six years in prison.

Prosecution witnesses testified that the men made statements such as “The Fuehrer is always right,” at meetings in their clubhouse, near the Upper Austrian town of Voecklabruck, about 200 km west of Vienna. A video introduced as evidence has some of them shouting “Heil Hitler,” while the clubhouse itself was decorated with Nazi symbols.

Witnesses also said that members were forced to commit various petty crimes by their leaders, two unidentified men who were each sentenced to six-year prison terms. The five others received lighter jail sentences.

The trial ended shortly before midnight on Monday in Wels, a town near Voecklabruck.

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