After Nominating Rudolf Hess for Nobel Peace Prize: NPD Leader Charged with Inciting Race Hate
The leader of Germany's far-right NPD party has been charged with inciting race hate after proposing Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess for a Nobel Peace Prize. If convicted, he could face three years in jail.
NPD leader Udo Voigt could face three years in jail after being charged with inciting race hate.
But Adolf Hitler's secretary and deputy Rudolf Hess? The fact that the head of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), Udo Voigt, proposed Hess for the peace prize during a speech last Saturday to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Hess's death only confirms how twisted the worldview of right-wing extremists is. Apart from the fact that a leading Nazi was never a likely contender for a peace prize, nominations to the Nobel Peace Prize are by invitation only and nominees must be alive.
The eccentric proposal could now have unpleasant consequences for Voigt. German police in the eastern city of Jena said Friday they have charged the NPD leader with inciting racial hatred. If convicted, Voigt could face a jail term of up to three years or a fine.
Hess, who was captured in 1941 after he flew to Scotland with the intention of brokering a peace deal with the United Kingdom, was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Nuremberg trials and died in Spandau prison near Berlin in 1987.
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