A German man is facing three years in jail over a posting on an internet news group in which prosecutors say he "belittled" the events of 11 September 2001.
According to the BBC, Holger Voss posted in response to a message praising the alleged murders of thousands of Taliban fighters by local militia groups during the downfall of the Afghan regime in 2001.
Voss, who describes himself as an anti-militarist, wrote: "Yes, congratulations to the murderers of 11.09 ... Good, that on 11.09 a couple of real men (!) found the courage to show the evil ones, the USA how it really is!"
An anonymous complainant took the matter to the police, which led to Voss's prosecution under a law forbidding the glorification of a criminal act.
Voss insists his comments were meant to be sarcastic. Now it is up to the court to decide if he was being ironic, and whether it makes a difference if he was.
The prosecution has forced the owner of the discussion board to hand over details on Voss to provide evidence in the case.
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