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In 1993 American scholar Deborah Lipstadt published Denying the Holocaust, product of a research contract funded by an Israeli agency.

British writer David Irving claimed that it libels him.


Mr Irving submitted his 194-page closing statement to public scrutiny by reading it out from 12 midday to 5 p.m. on March 15, 2000 [see also the daily transcript]. The defendants' counsel Mr Richard Rampton QC submitted to the Court a 200 page statement going into closely argued detail [not posted on this site]; this was not read out, but he did read out the following verbal summary that morning, a 24 page document which he had also issued in its entirety to every member of the press and public in the courtroom to ensure maximum publicity. The text is reproduced here unaltered and unedited.


Summary statement on behalf of the Defendants


[For the full text see the Lipstadt website at]



Richard Rampton QC

14th March 2000