Ger­man politi­cian sen­tenced to pri­son over Nazi camp tat­too

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

BER­LIN (AP): A GER­MAN court sen­tenced a far-right politi­cian to eight months in pri­son yes­ter­day for dis­play­ing a Nazi-style tat­too, sid­ing with pros­e­cu­tors and stiff­en­ing the sus­pended term he orig­i­nally re­ceived.

The case against Mar­cel Zech cen­tred on a tat­too that ap­peared to com­bine an im­age of the Auschwitz death camp with the slo­gan from the Buchen­wald con­cen­tra­tion camp’s gate, ‘Je­dem das Seine’ — ‘To each his own.’

The 28-year-old ad­mit­ted dis­play­ing the tat­too while vis­it­ing a swim­ming pool. Pros­e­cu­tors ap­pealed af­ter a district court in Oranien­burg gave him a six­month sus­pended sen­tence in De­cem­ber.

Zech, a mem­ber of the far­right Na­tional Demo­cratic Party, had also ap­pealed that ver­dict and sought an ac­quit­tal.


On Mon­day, a state court in Neu­rup­pin, north of Ber­lin, up­held the de­fen­dant’s con­vic­tion for in­cite­ment and im­posed the new sen­tence, news agency dpa re­ported.

Pre­sid­ing judge Jo­ern Kal­bow said as he an­nounced the rul­ing that the pub­lic might view a sus­pended sen­tence as “the state re­treat­ing in the face of rightwing rad­i­cal­ism.” Kal­bow noted that Ger­many has been seeing in­creas­ing num­bers of xeno­pho­bic crimes.

De­fence lawyer Wol­fram Nahrath said he would ap­peal again to a higher court.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, Nahrath told judges that Zech had since al­tered the of­fend­ing tat­too as a re­sult of the “ex­cep­tional de­nun­ci­a­tion” of him re­sult­ing from the case and be­cause he wanted to be able to keep go­ing to the swim­ming pool with his chil­dren.

Pros­e­cu­tor Torsten Low­itsch said the im­age of Auschwitz has been re­placed by Max and Moritz, fig­ures from a well­known Ger­man chil­dren’s tale. How­ever, Low­itsch said the tat­too still in­cludes the slo­gan ‘To each his own.’


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