Lawyer for Holocaust-denying bishop appeals fine

Lawyer for Holocaust-den

November 10, 2009 15:24

The lawyer for an ultraconservative British bishop Richard Williamson who was fined €12,000 ($16,822) in Germany for denying the Holocaust is appealing the fine. Matthias Lossmann said Tuesday that he "objected to the fine, which means there will be a trial." A spokesman for the Regensburg court that issued the fine, Thomas Koch, said the court is currently examining the appeal, a routine procedure. The court last month issued an order of punishment against Williamson for incitement in connection with his Holocaust denial in an interview with Swedish television - conducted in Germany. An order of punishment is a German legal tool that does not involve trial but is equivalent to a conviction if accepted by the defendant.

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