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Monday, August 20, 2012

Bishop Williamson judgement not before October

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Strafbefehl gegen Bischof Williamson dauert noch > Kleine Zeitung

The legal decision in the case of the British Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson drags on. A decision on the proposed penalty is not expected before October, said a spokeswoman for the Regensburg District Court on Monday. Firstly, the attorney of Williamson should have time for comment.

German prosecutors had sought again in mid-July against the 72-year-old Bishop of the ultra-conservative SSPX a judgement against promoting racial hatred. In 2008, Williamson had denied in an interview with a Swedish television channel in the SSPX Seminary of Zaitzkofen the Nazi mass murder of millions of Jews and the existence of gas chambers.

The Regensburg District Court sentenced the priest for racial hatred in 2010 to pay a fine of 10,000 euros. In July 2011, the District Court affirmed the decision of Regensburg, but reduced the penalty to 6,500 euros (100 days sets of 65 euros). In February, Nuremberg Higher Regional Court quashed the judgment because of procedural errors. The judge complained that the distribution channels of the interview had not been demonstrated. The prosecution has applied for the new judgement in conformity with the requirements of the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court.
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