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Austria Gives Holocaust Denier Irving Probation

From the UK’s ITN:

Holocaust denier and historian freed

Dec 20 2006

British historian David Irving is to be released from jail after an Austrian court ruled he should spend the rest of his sentence on probation.

He was sentenced to three years in jail in February for comments made in 1989 denying the Nazis slaughtered six million Jews

Following a successful appeal to reduce his sentence he said: "I’m returning to England. I’m fit and well but feeling sorry for my family.

"I’m calling for the academic boycott until the German and Austrian governments stop putting historians in prison.

"I was put in prison for three years for expressing an opinion 17 years ago."

He was sentenced to three years in jail in February for comments made in 1989 denying the Nazis slaughtered six million Jews during the Second World War. He later said his comments had been "mistaken".

The 68-year-old has spent over a year in jail after being denied bail after his arrest in November last year in a case that has reignited the debate on free speech.

Lord Foulkes, a member of the Policy Council of Labour Friends of Israel, said: "It is outrageous that he should be allowed to get away with serving such a relatively short part of his sentence.

"He will, I fear, be able to come out and cause great distress to people by continuing to propagate his false and perverted version of history.

"To call himself a historian is a perversion of that word, because his version of history is fiction rather than fact. I am shocked."

In Austria denying the Holocaust is punishable by up to ten years in jail.

Irving is just ticked because he missed Ahmadinejad’s shindig.

But he’s right about one thing. I feel sorry for his family, too.

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