Trial of Holocaust denier Zundel delayed by removal of defense lawyer

[JURIST] The German trial of Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel [ADL profile; CBC backgrounder] was postponed Tuesday after Judge Ulrich Meinerzhagen fired one of Zundel's lawyers. Judge Meinerzhagen fired Sylvia Stolz because he believed Stolz would not defend Zundel properly, but did not set a date for the trial to reopen because a new lawyer would need sufficient time to prepare. Zundel, who was deported to his native Germany from Canada in March, is facing charges of incitement, libel and disparaging the dead [JURIST report] under the German Federal Criminal Code for denying the Holocaust. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail if convicted. Zundel, now 66, left Germany for Canada in 1958, but after a unsuccessful bid to gain Canadian citizenship and a short stay in the United States he was deported from there earlier this year after being judged a national security threat. The Canadian Press has more.



 

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