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      Portuguese woman convicted




      in UK court of belonging to



      banned neo-Nazi party



       A UK-based Portuguese female far-right terrorist, who denied supporting
       Hitler, once celebrated his birthday with a cake and had an SS-inspired tattoo
       on her back.

             laudia Patatas    “not agree with the Nazis’  Patatas, a photographer,  social media chats
              was this week    execution of the Jews and  were found guilty after a  involving Thomas,
              convicted of being  does not support the Nazi  seven-week trial at  Patatas and Bogunovic,
      Ca member of the         Party or Nazism as a    Birmingham Crown Court.  discussing what
      banned “racist, anti-    whole”.                 A third defendant, Daniel  prosecutors have alleged
      Semitic and homophobic   However, in a Telegram  Bogunovic, of Crown Hills  was the banned group’s
      organisation” National   chat group used by herself  Rise, Leicester, was also  continuing operation,
      Action following a trial at  and other National Action  convicted of being a  under a different name.
      Birmingham Crown Court.  members, she discussed  member.                  The jury also heard that
      Jurors were told how she  in February last year  The warehouse worker     Thomas and Patatas
      and partner Adam         celebrating Hitler’s    was a leading figure in  plastered National Action
      Thomas, who was also     birthday.               National Action’s        stickers in public
      convicted of the same    Patatas said: “Let’s do it.  Midlands chapter.   locations after the ban,
      charge, had given their  Yes, 20th April.        Jurors were told         while Bogunovic was
      baby son the middle      “I did celebrate his    Bogunovic already had a  calling for a “leadership”
      name “Adolf” in honour of  birthday with mates in  conviction from earlier  meeting in a chat group
      the Nazi leader.         Lisbon (Portugal). Years  this year for stirring up  for senior members in
      Following her arrest in  ago.                    racial hatred after being  April 2017.
      January 2017 by counter-  “We had a cake with the  part of a group that   Three other men, who had
      terrorism police, she told  Fuhrer’s face. I did  plastered Aston         been due to stand trial
      officers that while      struggle to slice his face.”  University, in     alongside the trio,
      interested in Hitler’s   She added: “Adolf is life.”  Birmingham, with the  admitted being National  Convicted neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas, 38, leaving
                                                                                                        Convicted neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas, 38, leaving
                                                                                                        Convicted neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas, 38, leaving
                                                                                                        Convicted neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas, 38, leaving
                                                                                                        Convicted neo-Nazi terrorist Claudia Patatas, 38, leaving
      ideology “what he did was  A jury at Birmingham  group’s offensive stickers.  Action members before  Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, after she was
                                                                                                        Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, after she was
                                                                                                        Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, after she was
                                                                                                        Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, after she was
                                                                                                        Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, after she was
      horrible”, claiming that  Crown Court was told the  Thomas, a twice-failed  the trial began.      granted bail by the trial judge, ahead of her sentencing
                                                                                                        granted bail by the trial judge, ahead of her sentencing
                                                                                                        granted bail by the trial judge, ahead of her sentencing
                                                                                                        granted bail by the trial judge, ahead of her sentencing
                                                                                                        granted bail by the trial judge, ahead of her sentencing
      she “did not support”    couple, of Waltham      Army applicant, was also                TPN/PA   hearing next month. Photo: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
                                                                                                        hearing next month. Photo: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
                                                                                                        hearing next month. Photo: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
                                                                                                        hearing next month. Photo: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
                                                                                                        hearing next month. Photo: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
      Nazism.                  Gardens, Banbury,       convicted of having a
      However, the jury were   Oxfordshire, was in     terrorist manual, namely
      shown images of the 38-  “admiration” of Hitler.  the Anarchist’s Cookbook,
      year-old’s tattoo, a copy of  Photographs recovered  which contained
      an intricate design found  from their home also  instructions on making
      on the marble floor inside  showed Thomas cradling  “viable” bombs.
      a tower of the former SS  his newborn son, while  The Crown’s case was
      headquarters at          wearing the hooded white  that after being banned by
      Wewelsburg Castle.       robes of a Ku Klux      the Government in
      When Patatas, originally  Klansman.              December 2016, National
      from       Portugal, was asked  Former Amazon security  Action simply “shed one
      about her feelings       guard Thomas, formerly  skin for another” and
      regarding Hitler and the  of Erdington in        “rebranded”.
      Nazis, she said she did  Birmingham, and         Jurors heard evidence of
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