Courtroom uproar mars neo-Nazi trial in Germany

16th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 February 2006, MANNHEIM, GERMANY - A German neo-Nazi's trial degenerated into uproar Wednesday as the judge jailed a member of the public for contempt and warned a far-right defence lawyer she could be thrown out of court.

16 February 2006

MANNHEIM, GERMANY - A German neo-Nazi's trial degenerated into uproar Wednesday as the judge jailed a member of the public for contempt and warned a far-right defence lawyer she could be thrown out of court.

Supporters filled the court as Ernst Zuendel, 66, appeared for a second day on charges of incitement to racial hatred for denying the Holocaust, which Zuendel's books and website claim never happened.

Presiding judge Ulrich Meinerzhagen on Wednesday imposed 200-euro (240-dollar) fines for contempt on three men who sang a nationalistic version of the German national anthem in court last week.

When a member of the public slurred the judge by shouting a remark that compared him to a senior Nazi-era judge, the man was sentenced to four days in detention for contempt.

Sparring with Zuendel's defence lawyer, the judge told her, "You are sabotaging this trial," and switched off her microphone. When she kept talking, he threatened to throw her out of court.

Zuendel's lawyers accused the court of being "anti-German".

Zuendel, who has been in detention since his expulsion from Canada last March, was silent Wednesday. He had lived in North America since 1958, but as a German national, he can be charged for offences committed abroad.

DPA

Subject: German news

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