Austrian neo-Nazi rapper with songs tied to Halle synagogue attack jailed

An Austrian far-right activist accused of posting neo-Nazi songs online, one of which was used by the perpetrator of an antisemitic attack in Germany in 2019, has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment.

Prosecuted for glorifying Nazi ideology, “the defendant was found guilty,” stated Vienna court vice-president Christina Salzborn.

The court ruled that the 37-year-old man was “particularly dangerous.”

His younger brother, the administrator of an antisemitic website, was sentenced to four years in prison.

The neo-Nazi rapper, who used the pseudonym “Mr. Bond,” was identified by investigators through his PayPal account.

He hijacked rap hits, giving them new lyrics glorifying the Nazi ideology and antisemitic or racist in nature.

He has been in detention since his arrest in January 2021,

One of his songs was used by the perpetrator of an attack outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle in October 2019, which left two people dead.

The attacker, Stephan Balliet, filmed the attack and broadcast it on the internet, with the song used as a backing track.

The glorification of Nazi ideology is a crime in Austria, the country where Adolf Hitler was born.

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