Neo-Nazi in Germany gets new jail term for denying Holocaust
Yet another court found Horst Mahler guilty of denying the Holocaust on numerous occasions, which is a crime in Germany.Potsdam -- A German court slapped another five-year prison term on a neo-Nazi for denying the Holocaust Wednesday, after a separate court sentenced him to six years on the same charges.
The two sentences would be served concurrently.
Lawyers for 73-year-old Horst Mahler, who was immediately incarcerated, said they would appeal the new five-year-two-month sentence.
Judges in Potsdam, near Berlin, found Mahler guilty of denying the Holocaust on numerous occasions, which is a crime in Germany.
A co-founder of the militant far-left Red Army Faction (RAF) in the 1970s, Mahler later swung violently far-right, vehemently disputing that Nazis had systematically slaughtered six million European Jews during World War II.
Last month, a court in Munich sentenced Mahler to six years in jail for calling the Holocaust "the biggest lie in history."
He was also found to have sent offensive CD-ROMs and a book by convicted Holocaust denier Germar Rudolf through the mail.
Mahler was a member of the most radical extreme-right party in Germany, the NPD, between 2000 and 2003 before quitting because he found it "outdated."
He has a string of convictions, including for crimes dating back to his time with the RAF, which carried out a bloody campaign against the West German government.
Last April, he was convicted for giving a Hitler salute to a Jewish journalist in an interview and denying the Holocaust.
He has also praised the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and has accused Jews of seeking "world domination."