Right-wing extremist Irving arrested in Austria

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17 November 2005, VIENNA - British right-wing extremist historian David Irving has been arrested in Austria under the country's anti-Nazi laws, according to an Interior Ministry statement on Thursday. Interior Ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia confirmed a report on Irving's homepage that police arrested him on November 11 near St. Johann in Styria province. According to the Vienna state prosecutor's office, Irving was presently in remand custody. The arrest took place on a warrant issued in November 1989 on

17 November 2005

VIENNA - British right-wing extremist historian David Irving has been arrested in Austria under the country's anti-Nazi laws, according to an Interior Ministry statement on Thursday.

Interior Ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia confirmed a report on Irving's homepage that police arrested him on November 11 near St. Johann in Styria province. According to the Vienna state prosecutor's office, Irving was presently in remand custody.

The arrest took place on a warrant issued in November 1989 on suspicion of breaking Paragraph 3 of Austria's law against Nazi "revivalism".

The Documentation Centre of the Austrian Resistance, which monitors Nazi activities, said Irving was driving to a festival of the Vienna rightist-nationalist student fraternity "Olympia" when he was arrested. Gollia merely said he had been due to give a speech to "a fraternity", but did not name it.

Irving, born in Essex in England in 1938, became internationally known and notorious with his biographies of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in the 1960's.

He claimed Hitler had known nothing about the liquidation of the Jews. He also quoted assertions that there were no gas chambers in the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek.

DPA

Subject: German news

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