Neo-Nazi party leader on trial for defamation against football star

25th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Udo Voigt and two associates are accused of printing flyers with photos of Germany international Patrick Owomoyela, whose father is Nigerian, with offensive slogans. They have also been charged with defamation.

Berlin -- The leader of German neo-Nazi party NPD, Udo Voigt, went on trial on Tuesday charged with inciting racial hatred for pamphlets distributed before the country hosted the 2006 football World Cup.

Voigt and two associates are accused of printing flyers with photos of Germany international Patrick Owomoyela, whose father is Nigerian, with offensive slogans. They have also been charged with defamation.

The NPD distributed the pamphlets in early 2006 showing Owomoyela wearing the white shirt of Germany's national team with the caption, "White. Not just the colour of the jersey!"

Owomoyela, born in Hamburg in 1979 to a German mother, played 11 times for Germany. He now plays for Borussia Dortmund, having played in the past for Werder Bremen and Bielefeld.

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