He was convicted at Airdrie Sheriff’s Court in Scotland and the sentencing will take place on April 23. He was released on bail. Previously he was arrested in 2016 after uploading a video clip to YouTube called “M8 Yer Dugs A Nazi”, which was viewed more than a million times.
He sustains it was a joke. He motivated he taught the pug the salute in an effort to annoy his girlfriend, who owned the dog. Defending himself, he said that Holocaust was “an awful thing, and should never have happened, but, we still joke about it, because in our eyes laughing about terrible things often make them easier to deal with.” “I don’t actually hate Jewish people and the video was just an insight into the darker side of my humour, a prank to annoy my girlfriend and that I did not intend for people, other than people who knew my comedy, to see the video,” he added. But the Sheriff said he did not believe Meechan had only made the video to annoy his girlfriend. He ruled that the man was anti-Semitic. Reffering to the video, the Sheriff said „the right to freedom of expression also comes with responsibility.” Prosecutors had earlier asked for Meechan to be convicted and branded the video “an odious criminal act that was dressed up to look like a joke.”