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Anti-Semitic soccer fans receive light sentences

November 15, 2006 20:06

Three soccer fans who admitted making Nazi salutes in front of a concentration camp memorial in northern Austria received suspended sentences on Wednesday. Two others were cleared of the charge that they broke an Austrian law banning attempts to diminish, deny or justify the Holocaust. During the one-day trial by an Upper Austria court, all five had admitted making the salutes as they posed for a photo in front of the Mauthausen memorial. But they disputed that they had acted out of right-wing conviction, arguing instead that they were drunk at the time. Three of the five said they participated because of peer pressure. Two, who also were charged with posting the photo on the Web site of their fan club, were found guilty, and received suspended two-year sentences, the Austria Press Agency reported.

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