has the most repressive laws
in Europe to enforce the state
religion of German guilt for
added by this website: Robert Faurisson,
Fred Leuchter at Carlton SAtreet;
Zündel seated in
Toronto, Sunday, June 22,
offered release if he left Canada:
OTTAWA (CP) - The
federal government offered to set jailed
free to travel to the country of his
choice if he would plead guilty to being a
national security threat, says his
And a senior government source told The
Canadian Press the national security
certificate could still be dropped
altogether if Zündel would return
immediately to his native Germany.
"We'd gladly buy Zündel a ticket
back to Germany tomorrow," said the
But Germany, where Zündel faces up
to five years in prison on charges of
incitement of hatred, is the last place he
wants to go.
Zündel remains in
confinement at Toronto's Metro West
Detention Centre awaiting his next Federal
Court hearing on July 28 and weighing his
options, say confidantes.
"As far as accepting deportation to
Germany, I don't believe that's on, at
least when I visited him a week ago," said
Paul Fromm, a free speech advocate
and sometime legal adviser.
In fact, both federal offers amount to
the same thing, Zündel's lawyer
Doug Christie said in an interview:
"It's the chute that leads to the
Christie said Donald MacIntosh,
the senior immigration lawyer Ottawa
assigned to the Zündel case, proposed
to set the 64-year-old German national
free "only if he pleads guilty to being a
"And if he
does that no other country (but
Germany) will take him. Checkmate.
Germany has the most repressive laws in
Europe to enforce the state religion of
German guilt for the Holocaust."
Zündel has been in running legal
skirmishes for at least a decade because
of his published writings and Web site
glorifying Nazism, denying the Holocaust
and alleging a global Jewish
Federal officials are predictably
reluctant to be seen negotiating any kind
A spokesman for Immigration Minister
Denis Coderre was tight-lipped.
"Things are before the courts right now
and we have to let due process take its
course," Mark Dunn said.
Zündel has been behind bars since
February, when he was deported to Canada
from the United States for overstaying a
visitor's visa. Zündel immediately
applied for refugee status in Canada,
claiming he'd be persecuted if he was
deported to Germany.
The Solicitor General and Immigration
Department responded by slapping him with
a security certificate declaring him a
threat to national security.
A Federal Court judge is in the process
of deciding whether the certificate is
reasonable based on secret evidence from
the Canadian Security and Intelligence
Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman
said he would find it very troubling if
Ottawa were to use the security
certificate process as leverage in
"What they were trying to do by using
the security process was to prevent him
from having a refugee claim," said
Waldman, who was quick to add he holds "no
sympathy at all" for Zündel
personally. He believes Zündel's
refugee claim was frivolous and could have
been easily rejected.
"It causes me some concern that the
government would be issuing the
certificate and then negotiating with Mr.
Zündel," Waldman added.
they have the evidence in the certificate,
they should proceed with the process."
But Bernie Farber of the
Jewish Congress said getting
Zündel permanently out of Canada is
what matters. Farber doesn't care where he
"People would always like to see
someone like Zündel face justice in
Germany," he said.
"But I think for most Canadians, their
bottom line is we don't want Ernst
Zündel in Canada. If there's another
country out there willing to take him,
they're welcome to him."
Zündel, who lived in Canada for 40
years without being granted citizenship,
would like to return to the United States,
where his American wife lives in
Tennessee, says Fromm. But it's not at all
clear that Zündel's destination of
choice would accept him.
The newly created U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, contacted Friday and
told of the case, couldn't immediately
comment on Zündel's status.
seeks asylum after U.S. deportation:
Now 'he's our
seeking refugee status
Zündel held in Batavia, N.Y.,
fears key could soon be thrown
headed back to Canada
of Ernst Zündel by US: Is held in
Neo-Nazi activist held in Blount County
2001: Ernst Zuendel has emigrated from
Canada to the United States