VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has convicted a leading neo-Nazi and two accomplices of glorifying Nazism through a website and sentenced them to prison terms of up to nine years.
Gottfried Kuessel was given a nine-year prison sentence Thursday for being the founder of the “Alpen-Donau” website. He already spent time in prison in the 1990s on conviction of trying to form a successor to the Nazi party.
The two others — Felix Binder and Wilhelm Anderle — were sentenced to seven and four-and-a-half years respectively.
The website is no longer active, but defied years of Austrian efforts to shut it down because it was housed on a US server.
Austrian officials said that left their hands tied, because of US free speech laws. Austria bans glorification of the Nazi era.