Lawyer: Holocaust denier gets fan mail in jail

January 27, 2006 19:04


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Right-wing British historian David Irving, who has been jailed in Austria pending trial next month on charges of denying the Holocaust occurred, has been getting 200 to 300 pieces of fan mail a week, his lawyer said Friday. Defense attorney Elmar Kresbach had insisted that if released, Irving would return for his trial because "he is no coward," but the court refused, saying it considered him a flight risk. Irving had begun writing his memoirs while in jail in Vienna and was receiving fan mail from Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand and many European countries, Kresbach said. The letters almost exclusively came from sympathizers, some of whom described themselves as "political prisoners," Austrian television reported. Irving was arrested Nov. 11 on charges stemming from two speeches he gave in Austria in 1989 in which he was accused of denying the Nazis' murder of 6 million Jews. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. Within two weeks of his arrest, Irving asserted through his lawyer that he now acknowledges the existence of Nazi-era gas chambers.

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