A 39-year-old was sentenced to a fine of 2,700 euros on Tuesday for spraying graffiti that is supposed to show Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) in a kind of SS uniform.
The district court of Nuremberg saw it as proven that the depiction attached to a house facade showed Nazi symbolism overall, as a spokeswoman for the court said. The context of the picture also saw a reference to Prime Minister Söder. The court sentenced the sprayer to 90 daily rates for using signs of unconstitutional and terrorist organizations and insults.
The man had previously lodged an appeal against a penalty order, which is why it came to a hearing. In court, the man admitted to having sprayed the picture on a house in southern Nuremberg. According to the information, it is presented as a postcard. In the upper area you can see a man in a dark uniform reminiscent of SS symbols. The lettering "Love greetings from Bavaria" is written above it. The lower area therefore shows two scenes in which people similar to police officers use violence.
The accused stated that he had become a victim of police violence and that he had expressed this with the picture. A procedure for the incident is still ongoing. He also denied having depicted the prime minister on the graffiti. The representation should show an authority figure. The man's defense attorney had therefore pleaded for acquittal. After the graffiti became known, the Bavarian State Chancellery filed a criminal complaint.