Americans Jailed Over Nazi Salute
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Three Americans convicted of violating Sweden’s hate laws by giving Nazi salutes during a rock ‘n’ roll concert said prison won’t change their views.
``I’ve never hurt a Jew in my life, but now I’m in prison for what the Nazis did in the Holocaust,″ Shawn Sugg, 30, of Otter Lake, Mich., said in an interview at Kronoberg Remand Prison.
Sugg is the author of songs titled ``Romantic Violence,″ ``White Man″ and ``Fight to be Free.″
``The prosecutor tried to make me look like some evil guy, but I’m just a singer in the band,″ he said.
The Michigan-based group Max Resist appeared at a Jan. 3 concert outside Stockholm. They performed for free, with local sponsors reimbursing travel expenses, guitarist Andrew Miokovic said.
Police arrested about two dozen fans and band members after some began shouting the Nazi salute ``Sieg Heil!″
Convicted with Sugg were Miokovic, 21, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Danielle Reda, 26, of Royal Oak, Mich.; and Eric Dobbs, 23, a Swedish fan living in San Diego. Two other Swedes also reportedly await trial.
The one-month prison sentence ends Feb. 3. Defense attorney Lennart Hane filed an appeal to overturn the conviction, alleging the application of the law was politically motivated. The contention is scheduled to be heard on Feb. 3.
Dobbs, a clean-cut graphic designer, claimed he made no Nazi salute, but ``even if I got two years (in prison), my views would have remained the same.″
Miokovic, a construction worker with a swastika tattoo, admitted that some of his views were racist. His solution for America’s economic and social problems is racial separation in a ``semi-police state.″
He said that authorities, in arresting him and the others, were only promoting his message.
``The courts didn’t understand they were making us legends, doubling the number of our fans and record sales,″ he said.