Austria: Twelve years imprisonment for “president” of conscientious objectors.

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The leader of the “Staatenbund Österreich”, a group of Austrian conscientious objectors, has been sentenced to twelve years in prison. The 44-year-old gained her experience and ideas partly from German “Reich citizens”.

The leader of a group of conscientious objectors in Austria has been sentenced to twelve years in prison. The president of the “Staatenbund Österreich” had previously already been sentenced to 14 years in prison at the beginning of 2019, but the sentence was partly reversed. On Wednesday evening, after a new trial, the Regional Court of Graz found the 44-year-old guilty of attempted incitement to high treason and of founding an anti-state alliance. A second defendant was sentenced to 10 years, eleven others to 12 to 30 months imprisonment, partly on probation. The sentence is not yet final.

The head of the “Staatenbund” wanted, among other things, to use self-written arrest warrants to persuade the army to arrest members of the government. She then wanted to form a government herself and become head of state. She had gained experience with the so-called Reich citizens from Germany and implemented some of their ideas in Austria. The anti-state group had about 3000 members until 2017, when the leadership was arrested.

The verdict of January 2019 had been partially overturned because the questions to the jury were not entirely conclusive on the two main points. The state of mind of the woman, who had meanwhile shown aggression while in custody and therefore had to stand trial in the summer for resisting state authority, also played a role. An expert attested that she was sane at the time of the crime between 2015 and 2017.

DPA.

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