"Two-Year Prison Sentence and Fine for Insulting Officers, Threats, and Anti-Semitic Behavior"

Luxembourg - December 4, 2023


A 34-year-old man appeared in a Luxembourg court on Friday over charges of insulting police officers, making threats, and displaying anti-Semitic behavior.
The young man chose to represent himself in court without legal counsel, opting to defend himself alone. This trial encompassed four separate cases that were addressed during Friday afternoon's session.
One of these cases involved threats directed at the head of the LGBTQ+ association, Tom Hecker. Allegedly, the accused, identified as an artist representing the sexual minority community, had been visiting schools and kindergartens under the name "Tata Tom" to provide information regarding sexual orientations and diversities. The defendant had threatened Tom Hacker via email.
In another instance, the defendant had been under scrutiny for sharing a video containing anti-Semitic content on social media platforms late last year.
A third case involved the young man insulting police officers in early 2023. After consuming excessive alcohol, he explicitly referred to an officer as "stupid." Additionally, he had threatened the families of police officers, expressing wishes for their demise.
The fourth case revolved around a confrontation he had with the police. He posted a video on social media days after the incident, which included explicit insults directed at the police.
The prosecutor's representative, at the outset of filing charges, stated, "I don't know whether there's much to add or not. Given the defendant's defiant behavior even in court, I am seeking a two-year prison sentence and a cash fine." Additionally, they expressed a lack of belief in the defendant deserving any leniency or forgiveness.
The court is set to deliver its final verdict on December 20th.