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  5/22/2014, Iyar 22, 5774

Swiss Court Rules Nazi Salute 'Not Always Illegal'


Switzerland's top court has overturned a conviction handed to a man by a lower court for giving a Nazi salute at a demonstration three and a half years ago. Nazi salutes are illegal in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, and Swiss anti-racism laws forbid public display and dissemination of racist symbols.

The Swiss Federal Tribunal's ruling, entitled "Hitler salute in public not always punishable", said that the fascist salute was only illegal if used "to spread racist ideology" and influence others, as opposed to declaring a "personal conviction", according to the Associated Press.