Austrian Politician Suzanne Winter Convicted Of "Hate Speech


January 22, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - - As reported by these writers last year [see, Austrian Politician Faces Jail For Remarks About Islam and Austrian Politician Suzanne Winter Hires Bodyguards After Threatening Video Aired] Suzanne Winter, a member of the city council in Graz, Austria has been under legal assault since making remarks deemed "defamatory" to the Islamic religion last year.

Winter was today convicted of "humiliating a religion" in an Austrian court and fined 24,000 euros [over 30,000 U.S. dollars] as well as being sentenced to an unspecified prison term which was then suspended.

Winter's son Michael was convicted last fall of the same crime after he made comments about the sexual habits of Turkish Muslims.

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