Hitler - AP - 26/4/12
A Hitler bust and other items confiscated in a crackdown on a neo-Nazi group in western Germany, March 2012. Photo by AP
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Bavarian prosecutors say a German neo-Nazi who spent seven years on the run until he was captured in Portugal has been extradited to Germany to serve his prison sentence.

The Nuremberg-Fuerth prosecutor's office said Wednesday that 54-year-old Gerhard Ittner was flown to Germany on Tuesday and will begin serving his 33-month sentence for slander, racial hatred, and other crimes.

Ittner was convicted in 2005 but fled before he could be imprisoned. He was captured by Portuguese authorities in April and has been in custody there since then.

Bavarian officials say the one-time member of the now-defunct German People's Union Party was a known Holocaust denier who used the Internet to spread far-right propaganda between 2002 and 2004.