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German court upholds fine against Pegida founder after refugee slurs
by Friederike Heine
A court on Wednesday upheld a fine against the founder of Germany's anti-Islam movement Pegida for inciting hatred against foreigners by referring to refugees as "cattle," "garbage" and a "dirty bunch" on Facebook last year.
The court in Dresden upheld a 9,600-euro (10,200-dollar) fine against Lutz Bachmann - the founder of Pegida, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West - after his lawyer and the prosecution withdrew their appeals as per the judge's suggestion.
A lower court handed Bachmann the fine in May, but prosecutors filed an appeal to achieve a prison sentence. They considered Bachmann's posts to be maliciously derisive, inciting hatred against foreigners, disruptive to public order and an attack on the dignity of refugees.
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