BONN (Jan. 27)
Michael Kuehnen, described by police as one of the most effective and dangerous neo-Nazis in West Germany, was sentenced last Friday by a Frankfurt court to three years and four months in prison and banned from voting or taking public office for three years. A companion of his, Arnd-Heinz-Marx, was sentenced to two-and a half years in prison and was banned from voting for three years.
Kuehnen, 29, was described by Chief Judge Friedrich Lehr as “the symbol of neo-Nazism in West Germany.” Kuehnen had led the outlawed Action Front of National Socialists, which he and Marx had founded in January 1983. Kuehnen at one time was also involved with the PLO.
He was extradited from France two months ago. He faces several more trials in various West German cities on charges of circulating anti-Semitic propaganda, trying to revive the Nazi Party, and calling for violent actions against foreigners residing in the country.