Soldier with swastika tattooed on his testicles for violating the Nazi glorification laws to 19 months imprisonment
- He drank whiskey before his brother tattooed the forbidden symbol on his scrotum
- 29-year-old posted pictures of tattoos online and showed them to army comrades
- He was sentenced to 19 months in prison for glorifying National Socialism and illegal possession of weapons in front of the Klagenfurt court
An Austrian soldier has been sentenced to 19 months in prison after having a swastika tattooed on his testicles.
The 29-year-old drank two bottles of whiskey before his brother tattooed the prohibition symbol on his scrotum, the court of the city of Klagenfurt heard.
He posted a picture of the tattoo online and showed it to army colleagues on another occasion when he was drunk on the last night of a military exercise.
The soldier, who was not identified due to Austrian data protection laws, was also accused of posting Nazi photos in a Cold War bunker museum, drinking Hitler branded wine, and posting Nazi propaganda online.
The 29-year-old drank two bottles of whiskey before his brother tattooed the prohibition symbol on his scrotum, heard the court of the city of Klagenfurt (stock image)
He was sentenced to 19 months in prison for glorifying National Socialism and illegal possession of weapons.
The defendant expressed remorse during the trial, claiming that he was both “apologetic” and “embarrassed” for his previous actions.
He told the court, “I just got in with bad company. For us, anything that wasn’t allowed was something we were drawn to, but we all hugely underestimated how much of a mistake that was. “
It was only when the examination of his tattooed testicle began that he realized what “nonsense” the Nazi glorification was.
He added, “Otherwise, I can’t give a reasonable explanation for why I did it.”
He also alleged that he stopped associating with right-wing extremists eight years ago and stopped drinking heavily because he had previously been behind bars for assault.
He also said the tattoo was no longer visible.
His lawyer Franz Zimmermann has announced that he will appeal the judgment.
The Austrian National Socialism Prohibition Act of 1947 provides prison sentences for those who try to revive or glorify Nazi-like organizations.