Leader of the German Pegida Party Fined For Race Hate

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Lutz Bachmann in Dresden, Germany October 19, 2015. The far-right leader has been found guilty of inciting racial hatred. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The leader of Germany’s far-right Pegida movement has been found guilty of inciting racial hatred and slapped with a fine.

Lutz Bachmann, who founded the group to protest against the “islamification” of Europe in 2014, will not have to go to prison but has been fined 9,600 euros ($11,000) after calling refugees “scum” in a social media post.

The charges were brought in October 2015. Bachmann described the process as a “political show trial.”

Bachmann’s defense lawyer argued that he had not written the comments in question, but the court saw footage of him apparently defending them.