Lutz Bachmann, 43, went on trial in April in the German city of Dresden. He was ordered to pay a fine of $11,000 but escaped prison for insulting refugees and immigrants in a social media post
Lutz Bachmann called refugees "cattle" and "filth" but denies being a racist. His Pegida party has gained rapidly in popularity since its founding in 2014, as the migrant crisis divides Europe.
Lutz Bachmann was accused of disrupting public order after he called refugees in Europe "cattle" and "scum" on Facebook. A Dresden court said on Tuesday that his words constituted an "attack on [the refugees'] dignity."
The movement has experienced a slight revival in recent weeks, as Germany continues to face the challenges posed by a huge influx of refugees.
What was supposed to be a show of force for the anti-Islam movement ended up being the exact opposite when PEGIDA supporters refused to show their faces.
An estimated 17,500 people turned out for the group's latest "anti-Islamization" rally in Dresden, the first since their leader resigned following a Hitler selfie scandal.
Lutz Bachmann, founder of Germany's anti-Islamization group, has stepped down after a picture of him with a Hitler-style moustache and hair style was published by a local newspaper.
VICE News visited Dresden, where as many as 25,000 marched against the"Islamization of Europe," and Düsseldorf, where the counter-demonstration greatly outnumbered the amount of PEGIDA protesters.
Led by a group called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, the movement's rapid growth has aggravated tensions and fueled debate over anti-immigration sentiment in the country.