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Dane dies while skiing in Austria

A Dane who was skiing with three of his friends collapsed and died on the slopes in Austria, police said.

Dane dies while skiing in Austria
The fatal accident occurred at the Saalbach-Hinterglemm resort. Photo: F30/WikiCommons
A 32-year-old man from Denmark died on the slopes in Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria's Salzburg province on Monday under what police said were mysterious circumstances.
 
According to Austrian, police four Danish tourists, all of whom were wearing helmets, were skiing together on the piste when they noticed that one of their number was lying on the ground in the snow.
 
At first the man was responsive, but he quickly became unconscious.
 
Emergency assistance was summoned, however they were unable to revive the man, who died on the slopes.
 
Police are currently investigating the incident and seeking witnesses. 
 
In a separate skiing accident in Austria, a 46-year-old man from Finland suffered fatal injuries in a fall as a result of a skiing accident in the mountain resort of Ischgl near Landeck in Tyrol.

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Danish neo-Nazi jailed in Austria for Islam insults

A 32-year-old Danish student was convicted in Austria for Nazi-driven incitement and denigration of religious teachings on Monday, and was sentenced to two years in custody.

Danish neo-Nazi jailed in Austria for Islam insults
Vienna Regional Court. Photo: Panoramio
A Danish man living in Vienna is said to have made Facebook postings which compared the prophet Muhammad to a pig, as well as calling for glorification of Nazi ideas.  The 32-yer-old is a student of chemistry and history who has been living in Austria since 2010, according to a report from the Austrian Press Agency (APA).  
 
Judge George Olschak decided that the insult to Islam was deeply offensive, as well as illegal religious incitement, and merited the two year sentence.  State prosecutor Stefanie Schön said that the partly-suspended sentence was too lenient, and said that she would register an appeal calling for a longer prison term.
 
The trial of the Danish student was the result of investigations by anti-Fascist Uwe Seiler, who has been combating far-right propaganda and neo-Nazi rhetoric on the Internet for several years.  Seiler had used data forensics to show that the student had posted a series of offensive comments, including racist and Islamophobic statements, as well as writing "It's time to fight on behalf of the Nazis."
 
In his defense, the Dane said that it was "an absurd accusation and a violation of [my] human rights."  He pointed out that he had written most of the postings in his own language, saying "If I had wanted to speak to an Austrian audience, I would have written it in Turkish. Of course, in the past I would have used German."
 
He further protested that the court process was unrealistic, adding that "it makes no sense to give half answers to questions [from the prosecutor] without preparation."  To properly assess his views was "a matter for historians, and not for the court."
 
Because the accused did not recognize the validity of the court, he protested by remaining seated when the jury was being sworn in, and when the verdict was being read out.
 
During pre-trial custody, the man defaced prison property with swastikas, and wrote the slogan "Freedom for Gottfried Küssel".  These actions may lead to additional charges, according to the prosecutor.  Küssel is a far-right extremist and holocaust denier who is currently in Austrian prison for nine years for neo-Nazi activities.