Five members of a neo-Nazi cell in Haute-Saône, dismantled last year, were sentenced Friday to prison terms of Vesoul jail closed from 3 months 2 years, while two others were sentenced to six months suspended. They were sentenced for having organized or participated in a “battle group” called “Blood & amp; Honour C18″ for damaging property, mostly by tags, in Haute-Saône, in the Doubs and “provocation” racial hatred or violence.
Even if they had no concrete plans of deadly attack, their behavior was “somewhat dangerous for the image of the Republic,” said the president of the criminal court Vesoul, Fernand Kato. The heaviest sentences, 18, 20 and 24 months firm, have been reserved to the three leaders of the group, aged 29, 30 and 44. The one who copped the heaviest sentence was condemned by default: it is still the subject of an arrest warrant
Members of the splinter group were arrested in May 2014, little. after he posted on the Internet a photo of them wearing hoods, a Kalashnikov and a few guns. They were monitored for nearly two years by the national unit of the gendarmerie investigation in charge of extremist groups. More anti-Muslim qu’antisémite the Haute-Saône group was prepared to “wage war against the invaders.” Baseball bats for, brass knuckles, hoods, a bust of Adolf Hitler or a copy of Mein Kampf had been found during searches at their homes. Firearms however were not found.