Soldier with a swastika tattooed on his testicle is jailed 19 months for breaching Austria’s Nazi glorification legal guidelines
- He downed whisky earlier than brother tattooed the banned image on his scrotum
- 29-year-old posted footage of tattoo on-line and confirmed it off to military comrades
- He was sentenced to 19 months in jail for the glorification of Nazism and unlawful firearm possession on the court docket within the metropolis of Klagenfurt
An Austrian soldier has been jailed for 19 months after getting a swastika tattooed on his testicle.
The 29-year-old drank two bottles of whiskey earlier than his brother tattooed the banned image on his scrotum, the court docket in town of Klagenfurt heard.
He posted an image of the tattoo on-line and confirmed it off to military colleagues on one other event whereas drunk on the ultimate night of a navy train.
The soldier, who has not been recognized due to Austrian privateness legal guidelines, was additional accused of posting Nazi photographs at a Chilly Warfare bunker museum, consuming Hitler-branded wine and posting Nazi propaganda on-line.
The 29-year-old drank two bottles of whiskey earlier than his brother tattooed the banned image on his scrotum, the court docket within the metropolis of Klagenfurt heard (inventory image)
He was sentenced to 19 months in jail for the glorification of Nazism and unlawful firearm possession.
The defendant expressed regret in the course of the trial, claiming he was each ‘sorry’ and ’embarrassed’ for his previous actions.
He advised the court docket: ‘I simply received in with unhealthy firm. For us, something that wasn’t allowed was one thing we gravitated in direction of, however all of us underestimated enormously how a lot a mistake this was.’
It was solely when the investigation of his tattooed testicle began that he realised what ‘nonsense’ the Nazi glorification was.
He added: ‘Apart from that, I am unable to give any cheap clarification for why I did it.’
He additionally claimed he had stopped associating with the far-right eight years in the past and stopped consuming closely due to a earlier stint behind bars for assault.
He additionally stated the tattoo was now not seen.
His lawyer, Franz Zimmermann, has stated he’ll attraction the sentence.
Austria’s Nationwide Socialism Prohibition Act of 1947 mandates jail sentences for many who attempt to revive or glorify organisations resembling the Nazi celebration.