« A man who declared Hitler’s Mein Kampf to be his favourite book on Facebook has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The 26-year-old who has previous offences was given an 18 month sentence, of which 12 months are to be served.

As well as posting Mein Kampf as his favourite book he also posted Nazi videos online on his social networking site including links to images of Hitler’s original rallies.

The man admitted he had posted the content online, but denied he wanted to spread Nazi propaganda. He claims he only did it so Facebook would delete his account. His lawyer claimed he was not politically active, and did not have Nazi views.

The man claimed his Facebook account had been hacked and he therefore wanted rid of it.

Judge Gerhard Pöllinger asked him why he didn’t just delete the page. The man replied that he didn’t think of that.

Public Prosecutor Helmut Jamnig however claimed that the man had only recently made the Facebook page and had built up an extremely large number of friends, and was adding politicians as friends.

He then changed his profile and started adding Nazi pictures and slogans

After further questioning the man finally admitted his guilt. He claimed he was not aware of the damage that could be caused by his actions and apologised. «

Austrian Times

from: <http://austriantimes.at/news/General_News/2012-07-31/43258/Jail_over_Facebook_praise_for_Mein_Kampf>