Ernst Zundel sentenced to 5 years for Holocaust denial
Last Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2007 | 8:58 AM ET
A German court on Thursday convicted Ernst Zundel of 14 counts of incitement of racial hatred and sentenced him to five years in prison, the maximum allowed under German law for denying the Holocaust.
The Canadian Jewish Congress said it is satisfied with the sentence, with chief executive Bernie Farber saying it sends a strong message around the world.
The German-born Zundel lived in Canada for four decades, making frequent court appearances to argue for the freedom to express his anti-Semitic views in books and pamphlets, and on a website.
He was deported to Germany in 2005 after a Federal Court judge ruled he was a threat to national security.
He was immediately arrested upon arrival in his birth country and held without bail because German authorities considered him a flight risk.