German Court Convicts British Holocaust-denying Bishop

Ultra-conservative British bishop to pay a fine of e1,800 for denying the Holocaust during a television interview.

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A German court has fined an ultra-conservative British bishop e1,800 for denying the Holocaust in a television interview.

German news agency dpa reported that an administrative court in Regensburg convicted Richard Williamson of incitement and levied the fine on Wednesday. The case was retried after an earlier conviction of Williamson was overturned on procedural grounds.

The 72-year-old Williamson told a Swedish TV station in 2008, during an interview conducted near Regensburg, that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during World War II. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.

A traditionalist group of breakaway Catholics, the Society of St. Pius X, expelled Williamson last October. He didn't attend Wednesday's court proceedings.

Bishop Richard Williamson, photo from 1991.Credit: Wikipedia
Visitors from around the world passing under the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei 'Work Sets You Free' sign over the main gate at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz, in Poland.Credit: AP

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