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Neo-Nazi Kuessel loses appeal

Holocaust denier and far-right Austrian leader Gottfried Kuessel, 55, lost his appeal yesterday to have his conviction for glorifying Nazism overturned.

This was the final chance for Kuessel, former leader of the now-banned neo-Nazi group VAPO, to have his sentenced revoked by Austria’s highest Supreme court, Oberster Gerichtshof.

Kuessel was convicted last year after he created a neo-Nazi blog and website. The neo-Nazi has been a far-right figurehead since the 1970s and has already spent six years in jail in the 1990s.

Although he lost his appeal, Kuessel had his current jail sentence reduced from nine years to seven years and nine months. Two of his accomplices also had their sentences cut by the judge on Wednesday.

After the ruling was given, there was a minor clash between a camera team and a group of Kuessel’s supporters. However, Kuessel, wearing a pink shirt and grey jacket calmly left the courtroom with police taking him away in handcuffs.

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