German Court confirms prison sentence for Landser singer

April 2005


Germany’s Supreme Court has ruled that neo-Nazi rock group Landser spread racial hatred and was a criminal organization, upholding the first such judgment in the country against a music group. The court also upheld the three year and four month prison sentence against lead singer Michael Regener. A Berlin court had ruled in December 2003 that Regener, 39, had formed a criminal organization, incited racial hatred and spread Nazi propaganda in a case that set a legal precedent by bring a collective action against a group of musicians. The Supreme Court ruling upheld the lower court’s judgment, saying the group had acted together to produce and distribute right-wing, racist material. Two other group members had received suspended sentences of 21 and 22 months at the trial which lasted six months. Landser is an old German name that means soldier.

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