Adolf the dog avoids Nazi charge

A man charged with glorifying the Nazis by teaching his dog to raise his right paw in a Hitler salute has escaped trial.

    German canine's 'Hitler salute' gave police paws for thought

    The accused, identified only as Roland T, was to face court on Thursday for allegedly teaching his black mongrel sheepdog – suspiciously named Adolf - to perform the controversial trick on command.

    But a spokesman for the Berlin justice department said on Wednesday the charges had been dropped because it was not clear whether the 54-year-old had broken the law with his dog's "salute".

    He added the man was still facing a number of other charges due to his use of Nazi symbols.

    Hitler T-shirt
    Roland T, who lives in Lichtenrade, southern Berlin, will still be tried for allegedly wearing a T-shirt with a picture of the Nazi dictator and shouting pro-Hitler slogans on previous occasions.

    Pictures in the German newspaper Bild have shown the accused with a short, Hitler-style moustache.

    Nazi symbols and gestures, including words and actions which can be interpreted as promoting Nazism, are illegal in Germany where the genocidal Hitler-era dictatorship remains a sensitive subject.



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