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German man gets nearly 6 years in jail over neo-Nazi hate mail

Illustrative: Neo-Nazis march in Berlin, Germany, on October 11, 2009. (AP/File)
Illustrative: Neo-Nazis march in Berlin, Germany, on October 11, 2009. (AP/File)

A Frankfurt court sentences a German man to almost six years in jail for sending threatening messages to politicians and other public figures under a neo-Nazi pseudonym.

The 54-year-old, named as Alexander M., was found guilty of sending the emails, text messages and faxes signed “NSU 2.0” between August 2018 and March 2021.

The name is a reference to the National Socialist Underground, a shadowy neo-Nazi cell that committed a string of racist murders in the 2000s.

The recipients were mainly politicians in the state of Hesse but also lawyers and journalists, most of them women.

The court sentences the accused to five years and 10 months in jail.

Judge Corinna Distler says the victims had felt helpless and traumatized, and the case showed “how terrible it can be when human dignity is debased by language.”

When Alexander M. was arrested in May 2021, prosecutors said he had already been convicted in the past of crimes linked to the far right.

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