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Right-Wing Extremist Sentenced; Three Other Verdicts Confirmed

August 6, 1996

BERLIN (AP) _ A state court convicted a right-wing extremist Tuesday of distributing neo-Nazi propaganda, including a newsletter published by an American neo-Nazi on trial in Hamburg.

The court sentenced Oliver Schweigert, 27, to four months in jail, noting that he remained convinced of his right-wing ideology throughout the proceedings.

Police found copies of the neo-Nazi newsletter ``NS Kampruf″ (``NS Battle Cry″), published by American Gary Lauck, and other right-wing propaganda in Schweigert’s possession during a nationwide crackdown on in March 1995.

Schweigert also possessed membership papers for Lauck’s organization, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party-Overseas Organization, which was banned in Germany in 1974.

The court also sentenced Meinolf Schoenborn, the leader of the outlawed Nationalistic Front, and two associates for ignoring a ban on the organization. Schoenborn received three years and two months; the other two got 10 months each.

The 42-year-old Lauck, who publishes his newsletter out of an office in Lincoln, Neb., is on trial in Hamburg on charges of distributing anti-Semitic literature in Germany. He faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

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