Holo­caust-de­nier avoids ex­tra­di­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

A CON­VICTED Holo­caust de­nier has won a fight to avoid ex­tra­di­tion to Ger­many where he would have faced more al­le­ga­tions of de­nial.

Ger­man-born Fred­er­ick Toben, 64, was ar­rested at Heathrow air­port at the beginning of Oc­to­ber af­ter arriving from Amer­ica en route to Dubai. He was held un­der a Euro­pean Union war­rant is­sued by Ger­man au­thor­i­ties.

But his ar­rest, and the at­tempt to ex­tra­dite him, brought wide­spread crit­i­cism from hu­man-rights sup­port­ers, led by Lib­eral Demo­crat home-af­fairs spokesman Chris Huhne, who pointed to the fact that while Toben’s views were un­palat­able, he was not a crimi- nal in Bri­tain. More­over, the of­fences of which he was ac­cused in Ger­many, where Holo­caust de­nial is an of­fence, re­lated to Toben’s Aus­tralian web­site.

Toben, now an Aus­tralian ci­ti­zen, had been ac­cused of post­ing in­for­ma­tion on­line be­tween 2000 and 2004 that de­nied, ap­proved of or played down the mass mur­der of Jews by the Nazis.

The ex-teacher set up the Ade­laide In­sti­tute, which ques­tioned the cen­tral facts con­cern­ing the Holo­caust.

In 1999, he was given a 10-month jail sen­tence by a court in Mannheim, Ger­many, af­ter pub­lish­ing pam­phlets which de­nied the mass ex­ter­mi­na­tion of Jews in gas cham­bers at Auschwitz. He served seven months of the sen­tence be­fore he was granted bail.

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