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German Court Convicts Neo-Nazi

November 20, 1998

MANNHEIM, Germany (AP) _ A neo-Nazi was found guilty Friday of defaming a Jewish leader and threatening to kill a policeman. He was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.

The Mannheim state court convicted Guenter Deckert, 58, of defaming Ignatz Bubis, chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, by calling him a ``Jewish Fuehrer.″

Deckert, former leader of the radical rightist National Party of Germany, was also found guilty of threatening to kill a police officer sent to arrest him in 1995.

Deckert is currently serving a four-year, three-month term for denying the Holocaust took place, defamation and incitement.

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