A German court today (Dec. 22) found members of a neo-Nazi rock group guilty of forming a criminal association, in the first case of its kind in the country.

A German court today (Dec. 22) found members of a neo-Nazi rock group guilty of forming a criminal association, in the first case of its kind in the country. The 38-year-old lead singer of the band Landser was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, while two other members received suspended sentences of 21 and 22 months after a trial lasting six months.

The band had "massively disrupted society's cohesiveness" with its song lyrics inciting racial hatred, the Berlin court ruled.

Prosecutions have often been brought against individuals under laws banning Nazi propaganda and promotion of racial hatred, but this is the first time a collective prosecution of this kind has been brought against a musical group.

Lawyers for the members of Landser, an old German name that means soldier, said they were considering an appeal.


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