Friday, October 3, 2008

'Holocaust denier' case adjourned

(BBC NEWS) Dr Toben was arrested on a plane at Heathrow Airport
A historian wanted in Germany for alleged Holocaust denial has been remanded in custody in Britain after his extradition hearing was adjourned.

Dr Gerald Toben, 64, was arrested by British police at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday under an EU arrest warrant issued by the German authorities.

The warrant accuses the Australian of publishing material "of an anti-Semitic and/or revisionist nature" online.

A bail hearing is scheduled to take place on Friday, 10 October.

It will be followed by a full hearing on 17 October.

Dr Toben is accused of posting information online between 2000 and 2004 that denied, approved of or played down the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis.

Appearing in the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Dr Toben described himself as a victim of "legal persecution" and said he did not consent to being extradited to Germany.

Tina Whybraw, representing the authorities in Mannhein, Germany, told the court Dr Toben was arrested on an aircraft at Heathrow Airport while it was in transit from the US to Dubai.

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