Friday, December 22, 2006

One Year in Jail for a Foolish Opinion

We read:

"An Austrian court has ruled that the convicted British Holocaust-denier, David Irving, should be released from prison and serve the remainder of his three-year sentence on probation....

A court in September had upheld Irving's conviction, levied after a one-day trial on February 20 at which he pleaded guilty to a charge dating from 1989 of denying the Holocaust of European Jewry. But Irving had insisted that he no longer questioned the existence of gas chambers at the Nazi's Auschwitz concentration camp...

Austria is among 11 countries that have laws against denying the Holocaust, in which some six million Jews were slaughtered by Nazi Germany, mainly in the later years of World War II.


Peter Singer often has some strange views but he makes some good points about the Irving prosecution. See here.

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