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German court rules on Nazi symbols
08/13/2009
Federal appeals court decides people can only be prosecuted for displaying Nazi slogans in German.
A Federal Court of Justice in Germany ruled Thursday that people can be prosecuted for displaying Nazi slogans in Germany only if they are in the German language. The appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling convicting a neo-Nazi of transporting a shipment of 100 T-shirts with the slogan, "Blood and Honour," written in English. The slogan is a direct translation of the German "Blut und Ehre," a motto of the Hitler Youth. The display of Nazi symbols or slogans is forbidden in Germany, but the court ruled that the ban only applied to those written in the German language. It sent the case back to the lower court and noted that the defendant could still be found guilty, because the shirts also carried banned Nazi symbols. The defendant's name was not released.
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