A court in Austria has found seven men guilty of National Socialist activities and jailed them for to up to six years.
The members of the Objekt 21 group were convicted of "re-engagement with National Socialism" - a crime in Austria since 1947. Witnesses said the men made statements such as "The Fuhrer is always right" at meetings near the town of Vocklabruck. A video shown during the trial showed some of the defendants shouting "Heil Hitler".
Meanwhile their clubhouse near Vocklabruck, about 200km (124 miles) west of Vienna, was known as the armoury and decorated with National Socialist logos and flags.
The two main perpetrators were sentenced to four and six years in jail, and said they would appeal, according to local media. The others were given sentences of between 18 months and two-and-a-half years, Austria Presse Agentur reported. All seven men, who are aged between 23 and 33, had pleaded not guilty. They have not been named.
Austria passed its "anti-Nazi Prohibition Act" in 1947. It was broadened in 1992 to include "Holocaust denial" and the "belittlement of any Nazi atrocities".
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