Germany: Convicted Holocaust denier Zundel being released

February 17, 2010 15:26

BERLIN — Far-right activist Ernst Zundel will soon be released from prison after serving his five-year sentence for denying the Holocaust, a German prosecutor said Wednesday.

Mannheim prosecutor Andreas Grossmann said Zundel, 70, will be released on March 1 after receiving credit for time served ahead of his 2007 trial.

Zundel, author of "The Hitler We Loved and Why," was deported from Canada in 2005. He was convicted in February 2007 of 14 counts of inciting hatred for years of anti-Semitic activities, including contributing to a Web site devoted to denying the Holocaust — a crime in Germany.

Prosecutors were able to bring charges in Germany because the Web site was accessible there. Zundel, who has also lived in Tennessee, and his supporters had argued he was exercising his right to free speech.

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