Mustafa AY – TDO – 24.08.2017 In Austria, a Rapid Wien FC fan, who carries physical features peculiar to Nazi regime like ‘skinhead’, has just been convicted of glorification of Hitler by doing Nazi salute. For this reason, 39-years-old fan was condemned to jail for 18 months on Monday. In Austria, the federal laws prohibit such demonstrations belonging to the hateful Nazi regime. That’s why his salute costed him for 18 months in jail. Besides, the Court justified its verdict like “he made conscious contribution to the legacy of this collapsed regime by serving as a living model of the regime.
In Austria, such guilt is frequently suspended by the court. However, this case has a background meaning that this is not the first conviction of this fan. He previously celebrated Hitler’s birthday on his Facebook page in 2013 that resulted in the conviction, but suspended as abovementioned. In this time, the Court did not give him a second chance to set free. That’s why the court’s decision is final.
Today, Rapid Wien’s ‘Ultras Rapid’ fan group is notorious with its Nazi-like slogans and demonstrations. They sometimes unfurl Nazi flag during the matches in international organizations. Above this annoying demonstration of Fans, they are usually detained by police officers in the stadium and then, they are released following the courts’ verdict of non-prosecution.