Soldier with a swastika tattooed on his testicle was jailed for 19 months for violating Austrian Nazi glorification laws
- He drank whiskey before his brother got the forbidden symbol tattooed on his scrotum
- A 29-year-old boy posted photos of a tattoo online and showed it to fellow army officers
- He was sentenced to 19 months in prison for glorifying Nazism and illegal possession of firearms at the Klagenfurt City Court
An Austrian soldier was jailed for 19 months after having a swastika tattooed on his testicle.
The 29-year-old drank two bottles of whiskey before his brother got the forbidden symbol tattooed on his scrotum, the Klagenfurt city court heard.
He posted a photo of the tattoo online and showed it to army colleagues on another occasion while he was drunk on the last night of a military drill.
The soldier, who was not identified due to Austrian privacy laws, was also accused of posting Nazi photos in a Cold War bunker museum, drinking Hitler-branded wine, and posting Nazi propaganda online.
29-year-old drank two bottles of whiskey before his brother got the forbidden symbol tattooed on his scrotum, Klagenfurt City Court heard (archive photo)
He was sentenced to 19 months in prison for glorifying Nazism and illegal possession of firearms.
The defendant expressed remorse during the trial, saying he was both “sorry” and “embarrassed” about his past actions.
He told the court: ‘I just got into bad company. For us, anything that wasn’t allowed was something we gravitated towards, but we all greatly underestimated how wrong that was.
It was only when the investigation of his tattooed testicle began that he realized what ‘nonsense’ the Nazi glorification was.
He added: “Other than that, I can’t give any reasonable explanation as to why I did it.”
He also claimed he stopped dating the far right eight years ago and stopped drinking heavily due to a previous stint behind bars for assault.
He also said the tattoo was no longer visible.
His lawyer, Franz Zimmermann, said he will appeal the sentence.
The Austrian National Socialism Prohibition Act of 1947 imposes prison terms for those seeking to revive or glorify Nazi-like organizations.