Austrian court finds 3 guilty of glorifying Nazism

A neo-Nazi and two others were given prison terms of up to nine years for starting a hate website

By Associated Press
January 11, 2013 3:33AM (UTC)
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VIENNA (AP) — 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 Friday 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 ½ years respectively.

The website is no longer active, but defied years of Austrian efforts to shut it down because it was housed on a U.S. server.

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

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