GERMAN FAR-RIGHT PARTY MEMBER SENTENCED TO 4-MONTH IMPRISONMENT FOR HOLOCAUST DENIAL
08.08.2007 16:01 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ A court in western Germany sentenced a member of
a far-right party to four months in prison on Tuesday for denying
Marcel Woell, the regional chairman of the National Democratic Party
in Hesse state, was convicted of incitement for comments that he made
in March during a meeting of a local assembly where he has a seat.
Another local politician filed a criminal complaint against Woell,
24, after he called for subsidies for school trips to sites of Nazi
crimes such as the Auschwitz death camp to be scrapped.
He referred to "sites of the so-called National Socialist terror"
and contended that the school trips served for "brainwashing" students.
Delivering the verdict at the administrative court in Friedberg,
north of Frankfurt, judge Markus Bange said the comments were a
"planned provocation," the IHT reports.
The National Democratic Party of Germany is a German nationalist
political party. The party, founded on November 28, 1964, is
a successor to the German Empire Party (Deutsche Reichspartei,
DRP). The NPD is viewed by its opponents and the mainstream media as
a de facto neo-Nazi party, which only denies such ideology to avoid
being banned by the German government. The accusations of neo-Nazism
arise from the party’s policies of intense opposition to non-white,
Jewish and Muslim immigrants and minorities.