A policeman guarding Britain’s embassy in Berlin has been suspended after he gave a fellow officer the stiff-armed Hitler salute at the start of his shift.
The 42-year-old is under investigation for making the outlawed salute and subsequent Nazi greeting, believed to be either “Sieg Heil” or “Heil Hitler.”
He could face prosecution for the use of illegal symbols, a police spokesman said on Thursday.
“The officer raised his right arm upon arrival in the police duty office at the British embassy and greeted his colleague by making an outlawed statement,” police said in a statement.
Inciting racial hatred, displaying Nazi emblems like the swastika and performing the Hitler salute are crimes punishable by imprisonment in Germany.