Man gets 9 years jail after launching neo-Nazi website

Kussel Gottfried 
By: Wayne Morin 

A man was arrested and charged with running a neo-Nazi website, according to court proceedings in Austria.

Now, a Vienna court has sentenced Kussel Gottfried, 54, a leading neo-Nazi figure in Austria, to nine years in prison for his role in launching the far-right website that glorified Nazism.

Kussel had denied any wrongdoing and told the court that he had turned a new page after serving a previous conviction for neo-Nazi activity, which is banned in Austria.

Prosecutors insisted that Kussel is still the main leader of the extreme right and the jury voted 5 to 3 to convict him. Two other defendants were given prison sentences of seven years and four and
half years.

The presiding judge, Martina Krainz, said that the Internet was extremely important for spreading neo-Nazi ideology and the court therefore imposed a severe punishment on the three men.

Kussel was a prominent figure in the right-wing scene and had been previously convicted on similar charges, including an 11 year sentence in 1994.

Kussel’s lawyer, Michael Dohr, said that he would appeal the conviction. "I had expected an acquittal because the evidence was very thin. It was only circumstantial evidence, not more."