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Canadian Press

Toronto, Wednesday, Oct 20, 2004

Zündel's followers bookish seniors, not violent skinheads, lawyer says

Andrew Flynn
Canadian Press

October 20, 2004

TORONTO -- Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel's followers are bookish, aging Germans who share his interest in revisionist history, not violent skinheads, his lawyer told a deportation hearing Wednesday.

Zündel with former lawyer Doug ChristieLawyer Peter Lindsay wants Federal Court Judge Pierre Blais to quash a security certificate ordering Zündel's deportation to Germany, where he faces charges of suspicion of incitement to hatred.

Zündel was a victim, not a perpetrator or proponent of violence, Lindsay told the court during his closing statement.

There is no public case that Zündel inspired violence from his followers, who were "older German senior citizens interested in whether the Holocaust happened," Lindsay said, adding that Zündel's residence had been vandalized over the years.

Most of the case has been tried in secret, said Lindsay, who described the "non-existent" public case as "an ocean of innuendo accusing Mr. Zündel of influencing and inspiring others to acts of violence and terrorism."

Lindsay also attacked the Crown's comparison of Zündel to Osama bin Laden as sensationalization designed to compensate for a lack of evidence.

He noted the Crown had called no witnesses, presented instead hundreds of pages of "second-hand, third-hand and even fourth-hand hearsay evidence."

On Tuesday, federal prosecutor Donald MacIntosh argued that Zündel's bid to avoid deportation to Germany relies on the viewpoint of a motley crew of white-power advocates and racist skinheads who say he is a spent force.

MacIntosh warned Blais that giving Zündel's defence credence would "be contrary not only to all the jurisprudence, but would bring the administration of justice into disrepute."

Blais must decide whether it was reasonable for the federal justice minister and minister of immigration to invoke a rarely used security certificate to deport Zündel as a threat to national security.

Zündel, who has lived in Canada since 1958, fled to Tennessee to be with his wife prior to a January 2002 ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Commission that a website he controlled spread anti-Semitic messages.

He was jailed last year when he was returned to Canada.


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