Politically correct persecution of holocaust skeptics goes international
Dr Gerald Toben was arrested by British police under an EU arrest warrant issued by the German authorities.
That warrant accuses him of publishing material online "of an anti-semitic and/or revisionist nature".
Dr Toben has been remanded in custody after his extradition hearing on Friday was adjourned, but will face a bail hearing on Friday 10 October and a full hearing on 17 October.
Dr Toben, an Australian national, was convicted in Germany in 1999 for breaking a German law that prohibits denying or "playing down" the mass murder of the Jews under Hitler. . . . .
. . . . . Human rights campaigner James Panton, of the Manifesto Group, said that Dr Toben should not be extradited, because he had not broken any British laws.
"Extraditing this man - however unpleasant a character he may be - would set a crazy and dangerous precedent," he said . . . .
. . . . .Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said that while his party in no way condoned Dr Toben's views, "not only has he not broken any UK laws, but in seeking to arrest him, Germany is claiming censorship rights to the entire internet network."
This view is shared by Australian free-speech campaigners who have accused Germany of trying to "legislate for the entire world" by treating downloadable internet material as a German publication.
Dr Toben, a German-born former schoolteacher, who now lives in Australia, has in the past described the Holocaust as "a lie".
His Australian-based website, the Adelaide Institute, carries the transcript of an interview in which Dr Toben says there is "no proof" that Hitler systematically exterminated the Jews, and that Auschwitz was a "transit camp". . . . .
. . . . "His views would probably qualify him for prosecution under laws against incitement to racial hatred in this country," he told the BBC's Jeremy Vine programme.
How is holocaust denial or revisionism "incitement to racial hatred"? That is a real stretch.
BTW, if Auschwitz was just a transit camp, then how does Toben explain the big sign "Arbeit Macht Frei" at the entrance to the camp? Just a thought.
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