Monday, February 20, 2006

Austrian court sentences holocaust denier Irving to three years

British holocaust denier and prolific author David Irving will have plenty have time to write another book, since he's been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty for violating a 1992 Austrian law which applies to "whoever denies, grossly plays down, approves or tries to excuse the National Socialist genocide or other National Socialist crimes against humanity in a print publication, in broadcast or other media, according AP.

He should have asked for a change in venue for his trial: to Iran.

More from the AP article:

I made a mistake when I said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz," Irving told the court before his sentencing, at which he faced up to 10 years in prison.

He also expressed sorrow "for all the innocent people who died during the Second World War."

But he insisted he never wrote a book about the Holocaust, which he called "just a fragment of my area of interest."

"In no way did I deny the killings of millions of people by the Nazis," testified Irving, who has written nearly 30 books.

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