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Historian sentenced to jail for holocaust remarks
In the west, our vaunted 'free speech' applies if you want to publish a cartoon of Mohammed as a terrorist, but if you offend a privileged group, you get thrown in prison.
Austria sentences Irving to 3 years
Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:44 PM GMT
By Mark Heinrich
VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian court sentenced historian David Irving to three years in prison on Monday for denying the Holocaust during a 1989 stopover in Austria, dismissing his argument that he had changed his views.
Irving pleaded guilty, hoping for a suspended sentence, but the Vienna criminal court concluded he was only making a pretence of acknowledging Nazi Germany's genocide against Jews in order to escape a jail term.
"The court did not consider the defendant to have genuinely changed his mind," presiding judge Peter Liebetreu told the court after pronouncing the sentence.