British police hold man on Holocaust denial

2nd October 2008, Comments 0 comments

He was arrested at London's Heathrow airport after stepping off a plane while in transit from the United States to Dubai.

London -- A 64-year-old Australian man wanted in Germany in connection with allegations that he denied the Holocaust was remanded in custody in Britain Wednesday following an extradition hearing.

Fredrick Toben, whose first name had earlier been given as Gerald, told Westminster Magistrates Court in London that he did not consent to being extradited to Germany where he would face a "witch trial."

He was arrested at London's Heathrow airport early Wednesday after stepping off a plane while in transit from the United States to Dubai, the court heard.

The arrest was made by Scotland Yard's extradition unit under a European Union (EU) arrest warrant issued by the District Court in Mannheim, Germany.

In Germany, Toben faces charges of publishing material on the internet of "an anti-Semitic and/or revisionist nature that denies, approves of or plays down" the mass murder of Jews by the Nazi regime, the court was told.

Toben, described as a historian, said he was a "victim of legal persecution" and did not consent to being extradited to Germany.

"It's a witch trial mentality in Germany concerning this matter, which is not the case in England yet," he said.

Toben said he was sentenced to a period in prison in Germany in 1999 but returned to Australia after being granted bail.

He also told the court he was currently facing jail in Australia in a matter relating to material posted on the website of the Adelaide Institute, of which he is director.

Pleading with the court to set him free, Toben said: "I can't run anywhere -- the world is my prison."

District Judge Nicholas Evans refused Toben bail and he was remanded in custody until another extradition hearing on Friday.

DPA/Expatica

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