High court hears case for neo-Nazi rockers

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10 March 2005 , KARLSRUHE - Germany's high court on Thursday heard arguments by attorneys for a neo-Nazi rock band that rightwing extremist lyrics are protected under the nation's constitution. Prosecutors meanwhile called on the Bundesgerichtshof to uphold a lower court conviction on charges of forming a criminal organisation. A Berlin court sentenced the lead singer of the three-member rock band to 40 months in prison. Lawyers for the convicted man, 39-year-old Michael Regener, asked the high court Thurs

10 March 2005

KARLSRUHE - Germany's high court on Thursday heard arguments by attorneys for a neo-Nazi rock band that rightwing extremist lyrics are protected under the nation's constitution.

Prosecutors meanwhile called on the Bundesgerichtshof to uphold a lower court conviction on charges of forming a criminal organisation. A Berlin court sentenced the lead singer of the three-member rock band to 40 months in prison.

Lawyers for the convicted man, 39-year-old Michael Regener, asked the high court Thursday to overturn the conviction and allow their client to walk free.

At issue are lyrics glorifying the Nazi regime. Under German law, any portrayal in the media of Nazi symbols or ideology is banned except for historical instructional purposes.

DPA

Subject: German news

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