German trial of neo-Nazi delayed until next year

15th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2005, MANNHEIM, GERMANY - The trial in Germany of a neo-Nazi whose U.S. website glorified dictator Adolf Hitler was delayed till next year Tuesday when the court ordered a postponement while a new legal-aid lawyer is found for Ernst Zuendel, 66.

15 November 2005

MANNHEIM, GERMANY - The trial in Germany of a neo-Nazi whose U.S. website glorified dictator Adolf Hitler was delayed till next year Tuesday when the court ordered a postponement while a new legal-aid lawyer is found for Ernst Zuendel, 66.

Last week, the high-profile trial had barely started when the judge threw out one of Zuendel's far-right-wing lawyers and told a second that her neo-Nazi argumentation made her unfit to receive legal-aid fees from the state.

As is common in Germany, Zuendel is only retaining back-up lawyers at his own expense and is insisting that his prime defence counsel be subsidized by the state. Zuendel, who has lived in North America for most of his life, is accused of denying the Holocaust.

The court in Mannheim in southwestern Germany ordered an adjournment till a new lawyer can be found. Prosecutors said that effectively meant the trial would have to start all over again, probably next year.

Neo-Nazi Zuendel, who emigrated from Germany to Canada in 1958 and later moved to the United States, was deported back to Canada in 2003 for alleged immigration violations. Canada put him on a plane to Germany in March 2005. He is to remain in pre-trial custody.

His book, "The Hitler We Loved and Why", and U.S. online shop distributing Nazi posters and tracts have outraged Germans.

The court is to hear details of his website and how it attacked Jews and encouraged persecution.

Because of U.S. constitutional free-speech rules, he was not charged in the United States. But as a German national, he can be prosecuted in his homeland for crimes committed on foreign soil.

He is accused of incitement to ethnic hatred, criminal insult and disparaging the dead, and could face up to five years in jail.

DPA

Subject: German news

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