An Austrian court has convicted the leading national socialist and two accomplices of "glorifying Nazism" through a website and sentenced them to prison terms of up to nine years.
Gottfried Kuessel was given a nine-year prison sentence for being the founder of the Alpen-Donau website. He already spent time in prison in the 1990s on conviction of trying to form a successor to the National Socialist party. The two others — Felix Binder and Wilhelm Anderle — were sentenced to seven and 4 ½ years respectively.
The website is no longer active, but defied years of Austrian efforts to shut it down because it was housed on a U.S. server. Austrian officials said that left their hands tried because of U.S. free speech laws. The Zionist Occupied Austria bans glorification of the National Socialist era.
The Verbotsgesetz 1947 provided the legal framework for the process of denazification in Austria and suppression of any potential revival of National Socialism. In 1992, it was amended to prohibit the "denial or gross minimisation" of the Holocaust. The person who publicly declares sympathies with National Socialists, will be punished by prison from 1 year to 20 years.