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February 24, 2012

Bishop Richard Williamson’s Holocaust denial conviction thrown out

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:15 am

A court in Nuremberg overturned the conviction of Bishop Richard Williamson for Holocaust denial on Wednesday, but a new indictment is expected in about five weeks.  Although the guilty verdict was set aside on a technicality, Bishop Williamson can be tried again for the same offense.  The Higher Regional Court of Nuremberg threw out the original conviction because a lower court failed to specify when and how Bishop Williamson’s remarks were broadcast to the public.  You can read more about it here.

Bishop Williamson, who is not a German citizen, was originally charged with a crime because of remarks that he made in Germany during an interview with a Swedish broadcaster who put a video of the interview on the Internet where it could be seen in Germany.  The interview took place in Regensburg, Germany in 2008 and was shown on Swedish television.  Bishop Williamson gave permission for the interview to be shown in Sweden, which does not have a Holocaust denial law, but he did not give permission for it to be shown in Germany.

In 2010, a court in Regensburg found Bishop Williamson guilty of inciting hate and fined him around $14,000.  The fine was later reduced to around $9,000. The higher court in Nuremberg has now ruled that the Regensburg court failed to meet the formal prerequisites for prosecution.

Bishop Williamson might have to face trial again, but what will happen to the Swedish guy who set him up?  Nothing, of course.  It is not a crime in Germany for someone to set up a person to be arrested for Holocaust denial.

Let this be a lesson to all you people living in a free country somewhere.  If you go to Germany, don’t even say the word Jew, or you might be arrested and thrown into prison for five years.  You never know if someone might be recording your remarks and setting you up to be tried as a criminal.

July 12, 2011

Who gets the money collected from Holocaust deniers in Germany?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am

Bishop Richard Williamson is planning another appeal of his 2009 Holocaust denial conviction in a German court. On July 11, 2011, an appellate court in Regensburg, Germany upheld Williamson’s 2009 conviction on a charge of Volksverhetzung, the German law against “incitement of the people” which is commonly known as the law against Holocaust denial. Although Williamson lost his case on appeal, his fine was reduced from 10,000 euros to 6,500 euros or $9,230.  His fine was reduced after new information about Williamson’s income was learned.  The prosecution had also filed an appeal, asking for a larger fine.  His original fine was 12,000 euros.

Germany has streamlined its prosecution of Holocaust denial cases since the § 130 Public Incitement law was first passed in 1985.  Now when a British citizen like Bishop Williamson foolishly makes a Holocaust denial statement in private, to a Swedish journalist while he is being videotaped in Germany, that person receives a fine in the mail when the journalist makes the video public against the wishes of the Holocaust denier.

Williamson refused to pay his fine in 2009 and instead filed an appeal. If he loses his next appeal, he will finally have to pay the equivalent of $9,230.  Who gets this money?  What does the German government do with the money that is paid by Holocaust deniers?  Does the money go to offset the money that Germany still pays in reparations to the Holocaust survivors and their children?  Or is the money used for Germany’s contributions to Israel?  Will the Swedish Journalist get a cut of the money for his role in prompting the Bishop to break the law? (more…)

July 5, 2011

You can’t trust a Swedish reporter, as Bishop Williamson learned to his dismay

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:26 am

Richard Williamson, a Catholic Bishop, who is now known the world over as “Holocaust-denying Bishop Williamson,” gave an interview to a Swedish television journalist in 2008; the interview was filmed in Regensburg, Germany, where Holocaust denial is a crime.

After the interview was shown on the Internet, Bishop Williamson was convicted of Holocaust denial by a German court in 2009 and fined 10,000 euro for his crime.  Williamson appealed the verdict and his appeal trial started yesterday. The appeal is being handled by his attorney, Benjamin Weller.  The Bishop, who now lives in the UK, did not attend the proceedings.

According to Williamson’s attorney, Bishop Williamson was asked “leading questions” by the Swedish journalist. Williamson specifically asked that the interview not be shown in Germany where he knew that his opinion about the Holocaust was a crime.

The Swedish journalist broke his promise and an excerpt from the Bishop’s interview was put on the Internet.  (more…)