Germany: Holocaust-denying bishop's appeal begins

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Posted: Jul 04, 2011 10:30 AM
Germany: Holocaust-denying bishop's appeal begins

The attorney for a British bishop convicted in Germany of denying the Holocaust says he was duped into his comments by a Swedish TV station.

Attorney Benjamin Weiler said Monday as the appeal of Bishop Richard Williamson opened that his client was asked "leading questions" by the Swedish station SVT.

Williamson, who was not present in court, was convicted last year of incitement for saying in the interview recorded in Germany that he didn't believe Jews were gassed during World War II. The bishop was fined euro10,000 ($14,500) for his comments.

The German news agency DAPD reported Williamson's defense team also argued he did not think the comments would be seen in Germany, where Holocaust denial is a crime. It was eventually aired over the Internet.