The 28yr old Markus D. was sentenced to 5 months and 1 week in jail by a Munich court earlier today. His heinous crime: standing in the street and performing the "Heil Hitler" Nazi salute.
Apparently Markus has been unemployed since the year 2000 when he lost his job at a butchers due to the BSE crisis. After his unemployment money had run out he took to the streets as homeless. On 27.June.2004 he decided he'd had enough of living rough and so chose to get himself arrested. He stood on Fürstenriederstrasse in Laim, raised his right arm in front of him, and shouted "Heil Hitler" until the police arrived.
When asked why he didn't simply go steal a TV like any other petty criminal, he answered, "I didn't want to cause anyone any harm".
Performing the Nazi salute in Germany is a criminal offence which can result in a custodial penalty of up to 3 years.
Read it in this evening's AZ.