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Austrian neo-Nazi rapper with songs tied to Halle synagogue attack jailed

Suspect who went by pseudonym Mr. Bond gets 10 years; court also sentences his younger brother to 4 years for managing antisemitic website

Mourners light candles on October 10, 2019, at the synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, one day after the deadly anti-Semitic shooting. (Ronny Hartmann / AFP)
Mourners light candles on October 10, 2019, at the synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, one day after the deadly anti-Semitic shooting. (Ronny Hartmann / AFP)

VIENNA, Austria — An Austrian far-right activist accused of posting neo-Nazi songs online, one of which was used by the perpetrator of an antisemitic attack in Germany in 2019, was on Thursday jailed for 10 years.

Prosecuted for glorifying Nazi ideology, “the defendant was found guilty,” Vienna court vice-president Christina Salzborn told AFP.

The court ruled that the 37-year-old man was “particularly dangerous.”

His younger brother, the administrator of an antisemitic website, was sentenced to four years in prison.

Both men can appeal.

The neo-Nazi rapper, who used the pseudonym “Mr. Bond,” was identified by investigators through his PayPal account.

He hijacked rap hits, giving them new lyrics glorifying the Nazi ideology and anti-Semitic or racist in nature.

He has been in detention since his arrest in January 2021,

One of his songs was used by the perpetrator of an attack outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle in October 2019, which left two people dead.

The attacker, Stephan Balliet, filmed the attack and broadcast it on the internet, with the song used as a backing track.

The glorification of Nazi ideology is a crime in Austria, the country where Adolf Hitler was born.

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