Toronto, Canada, Tuesday, June 14, 2005
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investment': Cost of sending Holocaust
denier Ernst Zündel to Germany:
IT cost the Canadian
government about $130,000 to fly
Zündel to his native Germany,
where he remains in prison.
The cost of the forced removal, after
Zündel was declared
a dangerous white
supremacist by a Federal Court of
Canada judge, includes the chartering of a
private jet for the March 1 flight, a $365
catering bill for the passengers, and
hotel and overtime bills for three
escorting officers, according to documents
released to the National Post under the
Access to Information Act.
The largest single cost was $118,080
for the Challenger 604 jet, the same type
of aircraft used by the Prime Minister,
from Skyservice Aviation Inc.
More than $9,000 went to other aircraft
expenses, including flight crew expenses
and airport landing fees. Two immigration
officers escorting Zündel out of
Canada also stayed overnight in a German
hotel before returning.
Their overtime bill was $784, according
to the documents.
(An RCMP officer also accompanied
Zündel to Germany, but his expenses
and overtime bill are not included in the
totals provided as they were covered by
another government department.)
Shortly after his removal, Zündel
marvelled at his good treatment in a
letter to his wife, Ingrid Rimland:
"After two years I had my first real,
heavenly coffee, lavish, magnificent food,
everything top-notch, big fat
strawberries, grapes as big as plums, all
kinds of [tropical] fruit,
chocolate, cakes, pies," he wrote.
cost of the trip is not of great concern
to members of the Jewish community, said
Bernie Farber, executive director
of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
"This was a good investment, no matter
what the cost of
of him," Mr. Farber said.
"To those whom he persecuted and to
those he tried to poison Canadians
against, I think all they're saying is,
'We're glad he's sitting in a jail in
Germany and not in Canada.' It should have
been done years ago."
Zündel's deportation is by far the
most expensive of recent forced
immigration removals, according to the
government documents provided.
In contrast to his flight, a security
case removal to Denmark -- a comparable
distance to Zündel's trip to
Frankfurt -- aboard a chartered jet on
June 4, 2004, cost only $20,660.
There have been other chartered planes
used for removals in the past year, but
many are joint Canada-U.S. flights, a move
aimed at reducing costs. A September,
2004, joint flight to Nigeria removing
nine people cost Canada $28,223, for
Amelie Morin, a spokeswoman for
the Canada Border Services Agency, said
there was a deportation to Israel in 2004
that cost $144,000 and one to Tunisia that
"The costs vary on different factors,
including the final destination, how many
resources we need on board, how many
officials we need to escort this person or
these people on the plane. The cost of Mr.
Zündel's removal on a charter is not
out of the ordinary," Ms. Morin said.
"Chartered flights are used on rare
occasions when we cannot remove a person
on a commercial carrier for various
reasons, such as security
[concerns], as was the case with
"There is no price tag on our
Meanwhile, in Germany, prosecutors
holding Zündel for Holocaust denial
and inciting hatred have cited three
allegedly offending documents on
Zündel's Web site and a comment
Zündel made in one of his "Power
Letters" to his followers, according to
Ms. Rimland in a message sent to
Zündel told her that 60 kilograms
of allegedly "incriminating" documents
have been released to his attorney in
Germany for preparation of his trial,
which is not yet scheduled.
Zündel lived in Canada for decades
until moving to the United States in 2000;
he was deported back here by U.S.
officials on Feb. 18, 2003. A security
certificate, declaring him inadmissible as
a threat to security, was issued on April
On Feb. 24, 2005, Federal Court Justice
Pierre Blais found him to be a
threat because of his extensive ties to
neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups
around the world.
"Mr. Zündel's activities are not
only a threat to Canada's national
security but also a threat to the
international community of nations," Judge
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