Holocaust-denying bishop loses case against German conviction

People of influence like this are beyond reprehensible

Deutsche Welle 1.31.2019

A Holocaust-denying former bishop from an ultra traditionalist Catholic splinter group on Thursday lost a European rights case against a conviction in Germany.

Holocaust denial is a criminal offense in Germany.

Richard Williamson, who denied that gas chambers were used in Nazi Germany’s death camps, argued his right to free speech was violated. But the European Court of Human Rights has described his sentence as “very lenient.”

Richard Williamson had been fined €1,800 ($2,066) for denying there were gas chambers in Nazi Germany’s death camps in a 2008 interview with Swedish television carried out in Germany.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg rejected Williamson’s rights case as “manifestly ill-founded,” describing the sentence imposed on him as “very lenient.” Originally, Williamson had been fined €12,000, but the amount was lowered following an appeal.

Williamson, who is British, argued that the 2013 sentence violated his right to free expression and that Swedish rather than German law should have applied to the interview. Holocaust denial is not illegal in Sweden. 

Williamson was excommunicated by the Vatican in 1988 but allowed back into the church in 2009. After carrying out an unauthorized consecration of a bishop in Brazil, he was excommunicated again in 2015.

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