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Former FPÖ deputy faces court fines again
Disgraced Tyrolean politician Werner Königshofer stood in the dock again Friday, to face charges of religious incitement for a publication he had posted on his blog. He was fined €800 for disparaging both the religion of Islam and the Turkish ethnic group.
The case stems from a document, entitled "Tirol or Türol" (implying that the region is being overrun by Turks). Published without a named author, the document generally disparages Turks and Islam in ethno-racist terms, citing - according to Der Standard newspaper - the 'creeping orientalism' of the state, and describing the Turkish immigrants in the region as 'seed cannons.'
The court found that despite protections on freedom of speech being generally guaranteed in Austria, that there were boundaries, and that Königshofer had crossed them.
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