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German court sentences Ernst Zundel to 5 years in prison for Holocaust denial

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 15, 2007 in Crime
Well known Holocaust denier deported from Canada is found guilty in Germany.
Far-right activist Ernst Zundel was convicted of 14 counts of incitement Thursday for Holocaust denial and sentenced to the maximum five years in prison, a sentence quickly applauded by Canadian Jewish groups.
"I think that they've given a strong message . . . to the world, that I believe will bring a tremendous amount of comfort to Holocaust survivors," said Bernie Farber who is chief executive officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress. "I think a lot of us can take a very deep breath and move on to other things - other than thinking of Ernst Zundel anymore"
Zundel, 67, was deported from Canada in 2005. He was accused of of anti-Semitic activities and denying the that the Holocaust took place. That is a crime in Germany.
Zundel has been a prominent white supremacist and Holocaust denier since the 1970s. Zundel and his supporters say that he is a peaceful campaigner and he's been denied his right to free speech.
Zundel was born in Germany in 1939 and he immigrated to Canada in 1958, living in Toronto and Montreal until 2001. He had applied to the Canadian government to obtain citizenship, but Canada rejected him in 1966 and again in 1994.
He moved to Tennessee, where he married fellow extremist Ingrid Rimland. The US deported him back to Canada in 2003 for immigration violations.
When he arrived back in Canada, Zundel was arrested and detentioned until March 2005 when a judge ruled that his activities posed a threat to national and international security, and he was deported to Germany.
Zundel has been on trial since November of last year. In his closing arguments, the prosecutor called Zundel "a "political con man" from whom the German people must be protected".
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