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Leading Austrian neo-Nazi loses appeal

A leading figure in Austria's far-right scene since the 1970s lost a final appeal in the country's highest court Wednesday against his conviction for glorifying Nazism. But Gottfried Kuessel, 55, who has denied the Holocaust took place and who has praised compatriot Adolf Hitler, had his jail sentence trimmed to seven years and nine months from nine years. Kuessel was originally found guilty a year ago for creating a neo-Nazi blog and website but appealed. Two accomplices also had their convictions upheld and their sentences cut on Wednesday.

Leading Austrian neo-Nazi loses appeal

A leading figure in Austria's far-right scene since the 1970s lost a final appeal in the country's highest court Wednesday against his conviction for glorifying Nazism. But Gottfried Kuessel, 55, who has denied the Holocaust took place and who has praised compatriot Adolf Hitler, had his jail sentence trimmed to seven years and nine months from nine years. Kuessel was originally found guilty a year ago for creating a neo-Nazi blog and website but appealed. Two accomplices also had their convictions upheld and their sentences cut on Wednesday.

Austrian neo-Nazi group members get up to six years' prison

VIENNA (Reuters) - Seven Austrian neo-Nazis were sentenced to up to six years in prison in a case the judge said should serve as an example to others in the country, which has a Nazi past. The members of the so-called Objekt 21, which witnesses linked to an illegal prostitution network, were convicted late on Monday of "re-engagement with National Socialism" - a crime in Austria since 1947.

Greece vows to eradicate police links to neo-Nazis

Greece is determined to rid its police force of any links with Golden Dawn, the minister for public order said Sunday, after the arrest of officers with ties to the neo-Nazi party. Nikos Dendias said there should be "a total catharsis so that there is nothing suspicious that could cast a shadow on the majority of police officers, who are honest," in an interview with Greek daily Kathimerini. Dendias admitted that there were "corrupt officers who had collaborated with Golden Dawn", which he labelled "a criminal organisation".

German police foil neo-Nazi model airplane bomb plan

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police have thwarted plans by neo-Nazis to attach makeshift bombs to model airplanes and target a gathering of their political opponents, prosecutors in the southern city of Freiburg said on Tuesday. Police seized explosives, detonators and several model airplanes while searching the flats of four suspects and a neo-Nazi venue outside Freiburg last week, they said in a statement.

German woman in neo-Nazi trial calm as emotions flare

As angry anti-racism protesters rallied outside the courthouse Monday, the woman at the centre of a landmark German neo-Nazi murder trial was the picture of calm. As Beate Zschaepe entered the courtroom, arms casually crossed and looking confident, she briefly glanced toward the television cameras, then turned her back on them. The 38-year-old -- best known to the public looking dishevelled in a 2011 police mugshot -- now sported a black pantsuit, pressed white shirt, earrings and a glossy new hairstyle.

German pastor in dock over anti-Nazi protest violence

A German pastor went on trial Thursday for his role in a demonstration against neo-Nazis that turned violent. The 59-year-old Protestant youth minister, Lothar Koenig, stands accused before the district court in Dresden of inciting attacks against police at an anti-skinhead rally in February 2011. Prosecutors say that calls to leftist counter-demonstrators for violence against police officers were heard from the loudspeaker van Koenig was driving at the rally, and that he used the vehicle to try to force a police car from a road.

German court stirs anger over media limits at neo-Nazi trial

By Alexandra Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - German politicians, media and the country's Turkish community accused a German court of gross insensitivity in failing to guarantee Turkish reporters access to a trial of suspected neo-Nazis blamed for a racist killing spree. With the trial for the murder of eight Turks and a Greek due to start on April 17, the court allocated 50 guaranteed seats to media on a first-come-first-served basis. Reporters would have to queue for a further 50-60 places each day, the court said.

Greece arrests three neo-Nazis for attacks, arms posession

Greek police have arrested two neo-Nazi sympathisers for illegal arms possession and a third person suspected of involvement in an attack that left three Pakistani migrants hospitalised, a police source said Friday. The arrests come as Greece is increasingly coming under pressure by human rights groups and its European neighbours to fight its growing neo-Nazi tendencies and widespread xenophobic violence.

Austrian police say arrest neo-Nazi gang members

VIENNA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Austrian police have arrested 10 suspected members of a neo-Nazi crime gang accused of arson attacks, weapons and drugs dealing, illegal prostitution, assault and other crimes. Police said on Thursday the gang maintained a reign of terror for years over red light districts in Upper Austria, costing businesses at least 3.5 million euros ($4.6 million). Some leaders of the gang, which called itself "Objekt 21", were known to police as neo-Nazis, a police spokeswoman told Reuters.
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