Wednesday 3 October 2007

German High Court Backs Conviction of Holocaust Denier

Comment from Truth needs no law to support it. Throughout history, from Galileo to Bruno to Zundel, only lies and liars have resorted to the courts to enforce adherence to dogma.

If something is true, it need not ever fear re-examination. The sun rises in the east. People are free to re-examine that truth for themselves every morning, and the truth will reaffirm itself again and again.

We do not see legions of panicked "sunists" passing laws and threatening jail and torture to those who ask for proof that the sun rises in the east.

We do not see people who insist Elvis is still alive rounded up. We do not see people who claim to have seen Bigfoot thrown in jail. We do not see people who claim to have taken rides on board flying saucers target for career wrecking.

History is filled with genocides and in every single case, save one, the victims cry for more examination of the crimes committed against them. Only in the case of the Holocaust do the purported victims work so hard to prevent any and all examination of the facts.

The actions of the German authorities are those of someone terrified of re-examination, of those with something to hide.

Germany's top appeals court upheld the conviction of Ernst Zündel for denying the Holocaust and inciting hatred of Jews. Mr. Zündel's appeal was baseless, the Karlsruhe-based Federal Court of Justice said in a statement yesterday.

A trial court convicted Mr. Zündel, 68, for incitement, defamation, and slander February 15, and sentenced him to five years in prison, the maximum allowed under German law.

Officials are seeking to prosecute people who post denials of the Holocaust on Internet sites available in Germany. It is a crime in Germany to deny the killing of 6 million Jews by the Nazis.

Jürgen Rieger, Mr. Zündel's attorney, called yesterday's decision a "scandal" because it didn't remedy what he called flaws during the trial. He said he will ask the German Constitutional Court to overturn the decision. Mr. Zündel published the "Germania Newsletter," and sent anti-Semitic publications from Canada to people in Germany, the court said. He also ran a Web site with his wife, the court said. Mr. Zündel left the country as a 19-year-old and lived in Canada, from where he was extradited to stand trial in Germany.

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