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Austrian dissident given 9-year prison sentence for thought crimes
VIENNA — An Austrian court has convicted a well-known member of the far-right to nine years in prison for propagating [National Socialist] ideology online, in violation of the country's strict anti-Nazi laws.
Gottfried Küssel, who had been arrested in
April 2011, was sentenced late Thursday in Vienna. Two
convicted accomplices were given lesser sentences — seven years and four-and-a-half years.
Prosecutors said Küssel was the leader of the now-banned [NS] group, VAPO (Extra-Parliamentary Opposition Faithful to the Nation).
Küssel posted his material on the [NS] website alpen-donau.info, which was shut down in March 2011. The servers for the site were based in the United States, so Austrian authorities had to get American cooperation.
Küssel spent time in prison in the 1990s
for disseminating [National Socialist] propaganda. He has
denied the Holocaust® and denounced the
diary of Anne Frank as a fabrication.