Swiss far-right personality fined over antisemitic remarks

A former leader of the far-right Swiss Nationalist Party PNOS (Partei National Orientierter Schweizer), Tobias Steiger, made a speech in 2018 blaming Jews for World War I and II.

This week, the public prosecutor’s office in Basel sentenced Steiger to pay a fine for those remarks, according to Zurich-based media group Tamedia.

Unless he appeals, the far-right activist will have to pay a fine of CHF2,200 (€2000) in addition to procedural costs and legal fees of over CHF6,000.

He was also sentenced to a suspended fine of CHF12,800, which he will only have to pay if he breaks the law again.

Steiger told the Keystone-SDA news agency that he is consulting with his lawyer on whether or not to appeal the decision.

The controversial remarks were made during a demonstration in November 2018 in the northwest city of Basel. Steiger, who was the Basel area leader for PNOS, has also questioned the Holocaust on Facebook, according to Keystone-SDA news agency.

Hate speech in public spaces is a criminal offence in Switzerland.

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