Saturday, July 21, 2001
faces bankruptcy after losing libel
By DAILY TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
THE historian David
Irving faces the possibility of bankruptcy
after losing his appeal against a High Court libel
ruling that branded him a Holocaust
The author of Hitler's
War must pay, within 21 days, £150,000
of a costs bill which may ultimately reach
£2.4 million. If he does not, bankruptcy
proceedings may begin.
Mr Irving -- who brought his appeal with the
help of donations from supporters, many of them
living abroad -- was not at the Court of Appeal to
hear Lord Justice Pill, Lord Justice Mantell
and Lord Justice Buxton reject his attempt
to overturn Mr Justice Gray's judgment
of 15 months ago.
Irving, 63, had sued
Deborah Lipstadt, an American academic, and
her publisher, Penguin, over her 1994 book, Denying
the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and
Memory which, he said, destroyed his livelihood and
generated waves of hatred against him.
Mr Justice Gray said in his decision that Mr
Irving had, for his own ideological reasons,
deliberately misrepresented historical evidence and
portrayed Hitler favourably.
Yesterday, Lord Justice Pill said Mr Justice
Gray had been "fully entitled" to hold that the
defence of justification succeeded. "[Mr
Irving's counsel] has not persuaded us that it
is arguable that the judge's general conclusions
"Where we have been invited to consider evidence
in detail, it does not in our judgment diminish the
soundness of the judge's conclusions."
He said the appeal judges agreed that Mr Irving
"may be described as a Holocaust denier."
Richard Rampton, QC, counsel for Penguin
and Prof. Lipstadt, said that there was now a real
possibility of bankruptcy proceedings.© Copyright 2001
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