A former member of the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) for the Vorarlberger region has been sentenced to either two years in prison or an unconditional fine of 1 200 Euros for Islamophobic comments that he had posted online. Though the man’s comments had received no support for his party, leading to his being dropping from the party’s electoral list.

In his defence, the man argued that he did not directly call for violence, though the presiding judge, Othmar Kraft, countered that the comments were clearly meant to incite. The sentencing is not yet legally binding, as the individual in question has asked for three days to reflect.

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