David Irving[Photoby Michael Hentz, for
The New York Times]
Right: Günter Deckert
Letter to the Editor of
The Sunday Telegraph,
- politischer Häftling -
76646 Bruchsal (Germany).
London, April 15, 1997Sir,
Deckert, 57, is a former schoolteacher, city councillor and chairman of the NPD, one of Germany's constitutional political parties. Two years ago two German judges praised his character and motives in the highest terms (which led to their enforced retirement). This latest jail term has been imposed because Deckert chaired a lecture for me in Weinheim in 1991.
When defence lawyers pointed out that the video and audiotapes offered in evidence showed no trace of the incriminating sentences which I was accused of having spoken - nor indeed was it uttered - the public prosecutor held that I had intended to speak it; and that the unfortunate prisoner was mentally aware that I had intended to do so.
All of this results from Germany's law for the suppression of free speech (para 130 of its penal code), which Mr. Blair has announced he is eager to introduce here too.