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Four race-crime convictions for neo-Nazi website


Rome, April 8 - Four men were convicted of
inciting race hatred Monday from the Italian website of the
neo-Nazi group Stormfront.
The four, aged 23 to 42 and from various towns across
Italy, were sentenced to terms ranging from 30 months to three
years for "promoting and directing a group whose purpose was the
instigation to ethnic, religious and racial discrimination and
A Rome judge found the four guilty of targeting "Jews and
immigrants, advocating the supremacy of the white race and
instigating racism and Holocaust-denial".
The four, who were placed under house arrest Monday, were
arrested November 16 after police shut down the website, which
had regularly posted anti-Semitic and white supremacist
The arrests were made in Milan, Frosinone and Pescara while
17 searches were carried out across the country, most in the
north east.
'Nazi-Fascist' propaganda and weapons were found.
In December 2011 Rome prosecutors launched a probe into
Stormfront's blacklisting of religious figures, politicians,
journalists and judges.
The Italian branch of Stormfront is part of an international
body founded by the former head of the Ku Klux Klan, Don Black.
The blacklist included: Turin Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia;
Riccardo Pacifici, the President of the Jewish Community in
Rome; Adel Smith, the President of the Muslim Union
of Italy; the mayor of Padua, Flavio Zanonato; several members
of the judiciary; and journalists Gad Lerner, a Jew, and veteran
TV talk-show host Maurizio Costanzo.
According to media reports, those on the list were targeted
because of their support for immigrants.
Also listed were then House Speaker Gianfranco Fini and then
Minister for International Cooperation and Integration Andrea
Riccardi, who have both spoken out about citizenship rights for
immigrant children.
They were on a list of so-called 'Italian delinquents' drawn
up by the neo-Nazi group.

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