Soldier with swastika tattooed on his testicle jailed for 19 months for violating Austria’s Nazi glorification laws
- He drank whiskey before his brother tattooed the forbidden symbol on his scrotum
- 29-year-old posted photos of tattoo online and showed them to army comrades
- He was sentenced to 19 months in prison for glorifying Nazism and illegal firearms possession at the court in the city of Klagenfurt
An Austrian soldier has been jailed for 19 months after having a swastika tattooed on his testicle.
The 29-year-old drank two bottles of whiskey before his brother tattooed the forbidden symbol on his scrotum, the court in the city of Klagenfurt heard.
He posted a photo of the tattoo online and on another occasion showed it drunk to army colleagues on the last night of a military exercise.
The soldier, who has not been identified due to Austrian privacy laws, was further charged with 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 forbidden symbol on his scrotum, the court in the city of Klagenfurt heard (stock photo)
He was sentenced to 19 months in prison for glorifying Nazism and illegal possession of firearms.
The defendant expressed regret at trial, claiming that he was both “sorry” and “ashamed” for his past actions.
He told the court, “I just got into bad company. For us, everything that wasn’t allowed was something we were drawn to, but we all greatly underestimated how bad this was a mistake.’
It wasn’t until the investigation of his tattooed testicle began that he realized what “nonsense” Nazi glorification was.
He added: “Other than that, I can’t give a reasonable explanation as to why I did it.”
He also claimed that eight years ago he stopped hanging out with the far right and stopped drinking heavily due to a previous stint behind bars for assault.
He also said the tattoo was no longer visible.
His lawyer, Franz Zimmermann, has said he will appeal the verdict.
Austria’s Prohibition Act of National Socialism of 1947 prescribes prison terms for those who revive or glorify organizations resembling the Nazi Party.