Homes raided in crackdown on neo-Nazi music
30 October 2007, Wiesbaden (dpa) - German police raided two homes on Tuesday in a crackdown on the spread of extreme right-wing music.
30 October 2007
Wiesbaden (dpa) - German police raided two homes on Tuesday in a crackdown on the spread of extreme right-wing music.
One of the homes belongs a member of the national executive of the far-right NPD, who owns a mail-order music business.
The man appeared in court earlier this year accused of importing 6,000 CDs from Thailand containing songs considered likely to incite racial hatred. The case was later adjourned indefinitely.
Around 100 police officers took part in Tuesday's raids in the states of Thuringia and Lower Saxony.
Prosecutors said the NPD man is suspected of being the "the source and distributor of music with a punishable right-wing content."
The music, on CDs and other forms, was produced in Australia in November 2003. It enjoys cult status among neo-Nazis because it contains popular German melodies mixed with right-wing texts.
Prosecutors said neo-Nazis moved production of hate-music outside Germany several years ago in order to avoid prosecution in this country. But they could still face charges if the material is distributed in Germany.
Germany has already banned several right-wing rock groups for glorifying war and inciting racial hatred in their songs.
Subject: German news