Germany's Jails Filling with
Political Prisoners once againDecember 2,
Neo-Nazi Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for
The Associated Press
Germany (AP) - A well-known
German neo-Nazi was sentenced Thursday to two years
in prison without parole for denying the Holocaust.
Manfred Roeder, 70, was given the
sentence for referring to the Holocaust as "humbug"
during an August 1998 election rally in the eastern
German city of Stralsund.
In Germany, it is illegal to deny the Holocaust.
The rally was part of his unsuccessful
parliamentary campaign as a candidate for the
extreme-right National Party of Germany.
During the trial, Roeder said a tape of
his speech had been "manipulated and falsified,"
claiming statements that
would have cleared him were edited out.
But the judge agreed with three witnesses who
said the tape was genuine.
Roeder has spent time in prison before. In 1982,
he was convicted in Stuttgart of incitement to
murder and other charges related to arson attacks
that killed two foreigners. He was released in 1990
after serving eight years of a 13-year
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