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Mayor who made anti-Semitic remarks will not be prosecuted

A public prosecutor looking into the anti-Semitic statements made by the former mayor of Gföhl Karl Simlinger has announced that the case will be abandoned because the remarks had not been said in front of many people.

Simlinger had caused outrage last year in Austria when, at a meeting about building a new home for asylum seekers in Lower Austria, he said: "I don’t give a shit about the asylum seekers, but the ones to blame are the press chaps, that deserved to be hanged, like the Jews!"

The chairman of the Mauthausen Committee, Willi Mernyi is neither surprised nor amazed by the decision of the prosecutor. "Closing the case is legally sound but for me it's also not about legal punishment," he said. "Someone with a mindset like this one is unacceptable. Anti-Semitism is politically and morally reprehensible."

Simlinger initially denied that he said some of the remarks, saying the media misrepresented what he said. However, he eventually released a resignation statement acknowledging he said something that "grossly contravenes my convictions and my personal views". He still continues to work at the provincial chambers of agriculture.

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