Germany sets date for British Holocaust-denial priest appeal
Renegade British bishop Richard Williamson's appeal against his German conviction for Holocaust denial will be held on November 29, his lawyer said on Friday.
Williamson, 70, was found guilty of inciting racial hatred by a court in Regensburg, southern Germany in April and fined 10,000 euros (13,100 dollars), reduced from an earlier fine of 12,000 euros he had refused to pay.
The bishop, a member of the breakaway ultra-conservative Catholic fraternity the Saint Pius X Society, questioned key facts about the Holocaust in a Swedish television interview recorded in Regensburg in 2008.
He appealed the ruling, and unlike the previous trial, when the fraternity forbade him from attending, he will most likely appear in person at the hearing in Regensburg, his lawyer Matthias Lossmann said.
"It is not yet completely clear but I don't think that the Saint Pius X fraternity will stop him coming this time," Lossmann told AFP.
Pope Benedict XVI unleashed a deluge of criticism last year for reversing the excommunication of Williamson and three other Saint Pius X Society bishops in a bid to bridge the rift with the fraternity.
Williamson said in the television interview aired in January 2009 that only "200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps" and disputed the existence of the gas chambers.
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