updated 12/22/2005 11:49:31 AM ET 2005-12-22T16:49:31

An Austrian man who used an oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler for his cell phone voice mail has been sentenced to two months in prison.

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Police came across the message on the 20-year-old’s phone in 2004 when they called to question him about a burglary.

Prosecutors say he downloaded the message from the Internet. It includes the repeating of the phrase “Sieg Heil!”

The defendant says that the download was a “spontaneous act” and that he did not fully embrace the meaning of the oath.

He was sentenced to a year in prison for theft and fencing stolen goods, but the court decided to tack on two extra months for using the oath.

A law in Austria makes Nazi propaganda a crime.

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