Greek doctor convicted over anti-Jew sign

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 12:35 PM

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek doctor was convicted of breaking anti-racism laws for putting up a "Jews not welcome" sign outside his office and given a 16-month suspended sentence Friday.

Costas Kastaniotis, 57, was also convicted of weapons possession and ordered to pay a 2,500 euro ($3,470) fine by a court in the northern city of Thessaloniki.

Police searching Kastaniotis' home just outside the city found daggers with Nazi symbols, a Nazi flag and printed material from the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party.

Kastaniotis, a neurologist, denied he was the one to have put up the sign, which was written in German, and said he took it down when it was brought to his attention.

He was sentenced to 12 months for breaking anti-racism laws and four months for illegal weapons possession, both suspended for three years. He appealed his conviction and was released pending the appeals hearing.

Thessaloniki's once-vibrant Jewish community was all but wiped out during World War II, when about 96 percent of its 50,000 people perished in Nazi death camps.

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