October 27, 2009

Bishop fined €12,000 for denying Holocaust

Press TV - October 27, 2009 10:28:46 GMT

British Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson

British Bishop and Holocaust-denier Richard Williamson has been fined over remarks on Swedish television that fewer than 300,000 Jews died in Nazi death camps.

A German court in the Bavarian city of Regensburg on Monday commanded Williamson to pay €12,000.

Williamson said he believes that no more than 300,000 Jews died in Germany's Nazi concentration camps rather than the 6 million.

His German lawyer Matthias Lossmann said his client had been told to pay €100 a day for 120 days and that he was likely to appeal. If an appeal is lodged, there will be a trial in Regensburg, which Williamson will not be forced to attend.

Holocaust denial is classed as a hate crime in Germany and because the interview took place in Regensburg, German prosecutors were allowed to investigate, The Guardian reported.

In several other countries, including France and Austria, "Holocaust denial" is against the law, and "deniers" have been punished with prison sentences.

For no other historical massacre does such a law exist.

1 comment:

  1. Of course, there is a huge difference between "holocau$t denial" and "holocaust revisionism", but it would be too much to expect the jewish media to make such a fine distinction...