Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Soldier Busted Over Swastika Flag, Nazi Slogans; Austrian Soldier Could Face a Fine or Prison Term

An Austrian soldier faces a trial for buying flags showing banned Nazi-era signs and slogans, while participating in an international peacekeeping mission, according to the Austrian Times website.

A spokesman for the defense ministry said today (October 18, 2011) a colleague of the militiaman informed superiors when he showed the items to him while on a patrol at the Golan Heights in Syria.

Army officials said the soldier was suspended.

The member of the Austrian militia unit could face a fine or prison term for publicly backing Nazi ideology. One of the flags showed a swastika, while the other one featured Nazi slogans.

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