German lawyer of Holocaust denier charged with incitement, using Nazi symbols

[JURIST] A defense lawyer for German Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel [ADL profile; CBC backgrounder] has been charged with incitement, attempting to thwart a prosecution, and using banned Nazi symbols during the original trial of Zundel in 2005. According to prosecutors at the Mannheim State Court [official website], Sylvia Stolz [Tagespiegel profile] repeatedly denied the Holocaust during Zundel's trial, described Jews as "enemy people" and denounced the court as a "tool of foreign domination." That trial was delayed when a judge removed Stolz from the defense team [JURIST report], after which she had to be removed forcibly from the courtroom. Last month, Zundel was convicted [JURIST report] of 14 counts of incitement, libel and disparaging the dead and sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Holocaust denial constitutes a crime under Section 130 (3) [text] of the German Federal Criminal Code. Stolz has not denied a charge that she distributed a legal document that concluded with the words "Heil Hitler," and prosecutors seek to ban Stolz from the practice of law. Stolz told AP, "We are under foreign occupation, and this foreign occupation has portrayed Adolf Hitler as a devil for 60 years, but that is not true." AP has more.

 

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