Danish ‘neo-Nazi’ gets 2 year sentence in Austria for criticizing Islam on Facebook

A 32-year-old Danish student was convicted in Austria for Nazi-driven incitement and denigration of religious teachings on Monday, and was sentenced to two years in custody.

A Danish man living in Vienna is said to have made Facebook postings which compared the prophet Muhammad to a pig, as well as calling for glorification of Nazi ideas. The 32-yer-old is a student of chemistry and history who has been living in Austria since 2010, according to a report from the Austrian Press Agency (APA).

Judge George Olschak decided that the insult to Islam was deeply offensive, as well as illegal religious incitement, and merited the two year sentence. State prosecutor Stefanie Schön said that the partly-suspended sentence was too lenient, and said that she would register an appeal calling for a longer prison term…

…In his defense, the Dane said that it was “an absurd accusation and a violation of [my] human rights.” He pointed out that he had written most of the postings in his own language, saying “If I had wanted to speak to an Austrian audience, I would have written it in Turkish. Of course, in the past I would have used German.”

He further protested that the court process was unrealistic, adding that “it makes no sense to give half answers to questions [from the prosecutor] without preparation.” To properly assess his views was “a matter for historians, and not for the court”…