Hitler salute results in 1,100 euro fine

20th November 2008, Comments 0 comments

Hasselt magistrates have convicted two Dutchman, a double of Adolf Hitler and a far right politician, for making the Hitler salute.

20 November 2008

Hasselt magistrates have convicted two Dutchman, a double of Adolf Hitler and a far right politician, for making the Hitler salute. The two both have to pay a fine of 1,100 euros.

The incident happened last year during a meeting of neo-Nazis at a German war cemetery in Belgium.

The two convicted are both Dutch nationals: Stefan Wijkamp, a Hitler look-alike from Oosterbeek, and the far right politician, Joop Glimmerveen, from The Hague.

They were convicted of glorifying Nazism and making the Hitler Salute at a German war cemetery in Lommel in Limburg province.

The incident happened during a ceremony organised by the far right organisation Blood and Honour.

Three hundred people attended the event.

Hitler look-alike Wijkamp admitted making the salute but denied shouting "Heil Hitler".

He told VRT that he felt very connected to National Socialism which was his natural way of thinking.

Law on racism applied
Belgium's anti-racism centre, who had filed the complaint, received symbolic compensation of one euro.

The centre's head Jozef De Witte told reporters that the two had been convicted for inciting hatred and violence and targeting a group or community.

Mr De Witte added: "The anti-racism law has been applied. We think that was the right thing to do."

(flandersnews.be/Expatica 2008)

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