German tried for using swastika in his business

September 27, 2006 15:04


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A man went on trial in Germany on Wednesday for including a crossed-out swastika in anti-Nazi literature. Authorities charged Juergen Kamm with distributing outlawed Nazi symbols for including them on anti-Nazi stickers, pins and T-shirts that he sold through his mail-order business. Prosecutor Bernd Haeussler told a state court in Stuttgart on Wednesday that Kamm was on trial for what he had done rather than for his views. Kamm, who employs 10 people at his Nix Gut mail-order firm, asked the court to acquit him, arguing that he should be allowed to take a clear stand against right-wing extremism. Germany has strict laws banning the public display or distribution of symbols used by the Nazis before their defeat in World War II. The laws are more commonly applied against members of fringe neo-Nazi groups. But prosecutors in the current case argue that they apply also to the anti-Nazi materials. It was unclear when the court would reach a verdict.

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