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Nazi gets Spain's first Islamophobia jail term

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Police seized all kinds of xenophobic paraphernalia, such as photos of Adolf Hitler and swastikas, along with numerous videos from the man's computer. File photo: AlexDixon
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A web administrator who was handed Spain's first prison sentence for running a homepage inciting race hatred against Muslims could escape jail if he attends a human rights course.

A court in Barcelona found Jaime T. guilty of inciting violence and hatred against a religious group and promoting genocide, Spanish daily El Periódico reported on Wednesday.

Denunciascivicas.com, which has received at least 21,240 visits, contains material praising the Third Reich in Germany. It also encourages readers to carry out similar crimes against Muslims.

Police arrested the IT administrator in March 2011 and seized all kinds of xenophobic paraphernalia, such as photos of Adolf Hitler and swastikas, along with numerous videos from his computer which show him making anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim speeches. 

But the man's two-year sentence judgement — the first for Islamophobia in Catalonia — may be suspended if the defendant agrees to attend a human rights course and does not commit a new crime within three years. 

Figures from the Islamic Andalusí Observatory state there are currently 427,000 practising Muslims in Catalonia.

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In 2013, the region's government announced plans to control the wearing of burqas and other face-covering attire in public spaces "for reasons of public safety".

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