A German politician has been sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for tattoo depicting a concentration camp and a Nazi slogan.
Marcel Zech, a far right German politician was found guilty of incitement on Tuesday. The 27-year-old member of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NDP), showed his lower back tattoo at a public swimming pool in November this year. An anonymous bather who saw the tattoo on Zech’s back sent a picture of it to the authorities, confirmed appeal democrate.
The politician inscribed a tattoo depicting an Auschwitz concentration camp and the slogan “Jedem das Seine” which is written in the main gate of the camp. The slogan roughly translates “to each what he deserves” points SBS. The German proverb was used during World War II as a motto.
Prosecutors had asked for an unsuspended 10-month sentence for Zech for violating the country’s ban on public display of Nazi symbols. The defendant is a member of the far-right National Democratic Party, sits on the Barnim county council near Berlin and has a previous conviction for bodily harm, dpa reported.
This is not the first time that Zech has faced trial, reports Mail Online. In June, he posed as a policeman and tried to check the identities of a group of people who took part in an anti-fascist protest. Later, he was fined $394 for the act. The report also states that he physically assaulted a man in 2013 and was fined for doing so.
Zech has so far refused to make any comments on the charges made.
Meanwhile, social media platforms are flooded with comments on the news and the picture of the politician’s back displaying the tattoo.
Germany has strict laws against the promotion of Nazi ideology. The crime of “Volksverhetzung,” or incitement to hatred, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.