Archive/File: fascism/austria reuter.040295a Last-Modified: 1995/04/02 Austrian neo-Nazi sentenced to 15 years jail VIENNA, March 31 (Reuter) - A Vienna court on Friday sentenced the son of a far-right politician to 15 years in prison for neo-Nazi activities. It was the harshest sentence ever handed down in Austria in a case of this kind. Hans-Joerg Schimanek Junior, 31, a former professional soldier in the Austrian army, was found guilty of undermining the Austrian state and of working to replace it with a national socialist (Nazi) regime. Schimanek had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also included organising combat training for neo-Nazi youths, and said he would appeal the sentence. His father, Hans-Joerg Schimanek, a member of the far-right Freedom party in the regional parliament in Lower Austria province, attended the trial. The Freedom party won nearly a quarter of the national vote in a general election in October on a nationalist, anti-foreigner platform. Freedom leader Joerg Haider denies his party has any links with extremists and has condemned a series of bomb attacks aimed at foreigners in Austria over the past 15 months. Four gypsies were killed in a bomb blast last month in the worst such attack in Austria since the end of World War Two. Police believe right-wing extremists are responsible for those deaths, and for letter bomb attacks in December 1993 and October last year. The younger Schimanek is a close associate of Gottfried Kuessel, who last year began serving an 11-year jail sentence stemming from his founding of an extreme right group.
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