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Telex from Australian embassy in Bonn, Germany


April 5, 1994

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David Irving after challenging prime minister John Howard in London on October 23, 1997.


The original was in Capital Letters. For better legibility it is reproduced in lower case.

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TO DEPT OF IMMIGRATION RECEIVED FROM:

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O.B02663 0921 31.03.94 CLA FOREIGN

TO.
PP CANBERRA/

FM. BONN / FA REF 0.802638

 

IN CONFIDENCE

DAVID IRVING: STATUS IN GERMANY

 

FROM FILE 801/5/2/1 92/1338

FOR DIEA (ENTRY LIAISON, VLS, CANBERRA) AND SCORPION

 

Further to reftel, paras 2-5 on the 1990 federal entry ban on David Irving in Germany, the Bundesamt fuer Verfassungsschutz (federal office for the protection of the constitution) forwarded us the following information via liaison (embassy translation). In effect it confirms our previous advice that, while Irving did not commit any offence, it was his clear intention to avoid the effect of the minister's decision.

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Irving was formally expelled from Germany on 9 November 1993. The expulsion order was handed to him in his hotel in Munich. Therefore he knows that he is no longer permitted to enter Germany.

The direction to turn him back at the border, dated 9 March 1990, was not an entry ban directed towards him, but simply an internal instruction to border control authorities. It was not officially communicated to either him or people in his circle. Since he was turned back at the German-Netherlands border at least once[1], he must have known that the border control authorities had such an instruction. The fact that he did not turn back, but travelled on to the next border crossing and entered at that point, in our opinion leads to the conclusion that he wanted to circumvent the instruction to turn him back.

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XC. O.B02663 0921 31.03.94

 

CM. JS/POL

 

ACTION:DEP FOREIGN + TRADE
DEP ATTORNEY GENERAL T/T
IMM + ETH AFFAIRS(C)T/T

 

PRIME MINISTER
MIN FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MIN FOR TRADE
MIN D C P I AFFAIRS
ATTORNEY GENERAL
MIN IMM + ETH AFF
MIN FOR JUSTICE
DEP P M AND CABINET
MR. ALLAN. GYNGELL
ASIO (C) T/T

 

NOTE: This is a lie by the German authorities. When Mr Irving read this in the Australian files, he wrote protesting to the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz. They did not acknowledge his letter or reply.


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