Re­vi­sion­ist faces ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing af­ter air­port ar­rest

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY CANDICE KRIEGER

A CON­VICTED Holo­caust-de­nier faces a Lon­don hear­ing to­day to de­cide whether he will be ex­tra­dited to Ger­many to face fur­ther al­le­ga­tions of Holo­caust de­nial.

Ger­man-born Fred­er­ick Toben, 64, was ar­rested at Heathrow Air­port on Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter fly­ing in from the United States en route to Dubai. He was de­tained by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s ex­tra­di­tion unit un­der an EU war­rant is­sued by Ger­man au­thor­i­ties.

An Aus­tralian ci­ti­zen, Toben is wanted in Ger­many for al­leged Holo­caust de­nial. He is ac­cused of pub­lish­ing ma­te­rial on the in­ter­net “of an an­ti­semitic and/or re­vi­sion­ist na­ture” in Aus­tralia, Ger­many and other coun­tries.

It is al­leged that be­tween 2000 and 2004 Toben posted in­for­ma­tion on­line that de­nied, ap­proved of or played down the mass mur­der of Jews by the Nazis. The war­rant al­leges: “The said pub­li­ca­tions deny, ap­prove or play down above all the mass mur­der of the Jews, planned and im­ple­mented, by the na­tional so­cial­ist rulers.”

A for­mer teacher, in 1994 Toben set up the pri­vately run Ade­laide In­sti­tute — an Aus­tralian or­gan­i­sa­tion that ques­tions cen­tral facts con­cern­ing the Holo­caust. In 1999, he was given a 10-month jail sen­tence by a court in Mannheim, Ger­many, af­ter pub­lish- ing pam­phlets which de­nied the mass ex­ter­mi­na­tion of Jews in gas cham­bers at Auschwitz. He served seven months of the sen­tence be­fore be­ing granted bail and re­turned to Aus­tralia, where, in 2002, he was or­dered by the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Court to re­move all ma­te­rial deny­ing the Holo­caust from the In­sti­tute web­site.

Toben, who holds a PhD in phi­los­o­phy from the Uni­ver­sity of Stuttgart, ap­peared be­fore City of West­min­ster Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day and was re­manded in cus­tody. He said he did not con­sent to be­ing ex­tra­dited and would fight at­tempts to send him to Ger­many.

CST spokesper­son Mark Gard­ner said: “Al­though Holo­caust de­nial is not il­le­gal in the UK, for ob­vi­ous his­tor­i­cal rea­sons the Ger­man law is a dif­fer­ent case. It’s grat­i­fy­ing to see the UK au­thor­i­ties re­act­ing in this man­ner and hope­fully en­sur­ing that the Ger­man law will take its course.”

Toben is due to ap­pear at the City of West­min­ster Mag­is­trates Court to­day.

Fred­er­ick Toben: faces new al­le­ga­tions of de­nial in Ger­many

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