Tuesday 21 November 2017

Court rejects UK bishop's appeal

Richard Williamson said in a 2008 interview that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during the Second World War
Richard Williamson said in a 2008 interview that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during the Second World War

A German court has rejected an ultra-conservative British bishop's appeal against his conviction and fine for denying the Holocaust in a television interview.

The state court in Nuremberg said it found no legal errors in a decision by judges in nearby Regensburg in January last year to convict Richard Williamson of incitement and fine him 1,800 euros (£1,500).

It was Williamson's second appeal against the ruling and follows a lengthy legal saga - an earlier conviction was overturned on procedural grounds.

The Catholic cleric told a Swedish TV station during a 2008 interview conducted near Regensburg that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during the Second World War. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany.

A traditionalist breakaway Catholic group, the Society of St Pius X, expelled Williamson in 2012.

Press Association

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