A former defense lawyer for German Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison Monday after being convicted of incitement and insulting the court during Zundel’s original trial in 2005.
Throughout Zundel’s trial, Sylvia Stolz repeatedly denied the Holocaust, described Jews as “enemy people,” distributed a legal document that concluded with the words “Heil Hitler,” and denounced the Mannheim State Court as a “tool of foreign domination.” She told AP, “We are under foreign occupation, and this foreign occupation has portrayed Adolf Hitler as a devil for 60 years, but that is not true.” Stolz was also disbarred for five years.
In 2005, Zundel’s first trial was delayed when a judge removed Stolz from the defense team. In February 2007, Zundel was convicted of 14 counts of incitement, libel and disparaging the dead and sentenced to five years in prison. Holocaust denial constitutes a crime under Section 130 (3) of the German Federal Criminal Code.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Caitlin Price at 2:02 PM ET