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Published on 3 Nov 2008
Australian academic Dr. Fredrick Töben has raised questions about the history of the alleged 'Holocaust' of European Jews during the Second World War. Such questions are criminalised in modern Germany, and though he has committed no crime in the U.K., Dr. Töben was arrested at Heathrow Airport and brought before a London court under a European Arrest Warrant. This would have seen him extradited to face a five year prison sentence in Germany for a 'crime' which does not exist in the U.K. or Australia: the legality of his conduct would of course be protected by the Constitution in the United States. As increasing numbers of academics, jurists and commentators recognise, the jailing of opinion in several European countries mocks the Hellenic values on which Europe's traditions and the U.S. Constitution are based. Having won his case on October 29th 2008, Dr. Töben remains in prison pending bail and a prosecution appeal.