Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Holocaust denier's 'attack on justice'

My friend Fredrick Toben has been under assault for years now in Australia, an assault led primarily by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the intent of which is to censor revisionist arguments in Australia. Who would have thought it?


The Australian

06 August 2008

HOLOCAUST denier Fredrick Toben aggravated charges of criminal contempt of court by attacking federal judges and the judicial process, a court has heard.

Dr Toben yesterday pleaded not guilty to 28 charges alleging he breached orders made by the Federal Court in 2002, as well as an undertaking he made last year to remove offensive material [read: revisionist arguments] from his website. The former schoolteacher, who spent seven months in a German prison in 1999 for inciting racism [read: expressing revisionist arguments publicly in Germany], is facing a possible finding of criminal contempt in the Federal Court in Adelaide.

Jeremy Jones, former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, has alleged Dr Toben failed to comply with orders made by judge Catherine Branson in 2002to remove material that breached the Racial Discrimination Act [read: that breached the censorship policies of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry]. The postings implied the Holocaust did not happen and doubted the existence of gas chambers [read: revisionist arguments must be censored and revisionists punished for thought crimes] at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Dr Toben has also been banned from publishing material implying Jews who were offended or challenged by Holocaust denial were of limited intelligence [okay, a bad joke, but....] and that some Jewish people had exaggerated the number of Jews killed in World War II and the circumstances for financial gain [ref: Norman Finkelstein's The Holocaust Industry].

Robin Margo SC, representing Mr. Jones, said Dr Toben had aggravated the alleged breach of court orders by attacking the judiciary on his website. He said Dr Toben continued to cast aspersions against judicial officers and the legal process, promoting a view that the court was "merely a proxy" for Jews. Mr. Margo said such "public defiance" of the court's authority as well as personal attacks on Mr. Jones undermined the fabric of justice [read: censorship serves the fabric of justice in Australia when it protects the Australian public from revisionist arguments].

Melbourne barrister David Perkins, representing Dr Toben, unsuccessfully applied for a permanent stay of 11 of the charges.

Judge Bruce Lander, hearing the case, said any evidence tendered arguing that the Holocaust did not occur [in whole, or in part?] would be ruled irrelevant.

The hearing continues.


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