Monday, February 20, 2006

Jail for British Holocaust denier

"A British historian has been convicted in Austria of denying the Holocaust - a crime in this country once run by the Nazis - and sentenced to three years in prison.

David Irving, who had pleaded guilty and insisted during his one-day trial that he had had a change of heart and now acknowledged the Nazis' World War II slaughter of six million Jews, had faced up to 10 years behind bars.

Before Monday's verdict, Irving conceded he had erred in contending there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Irving said: "I made a mistake when I said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz."

He also expressed sorrow "for all the innocent people who died during the Second World War".

Irving's lawyer immediately announced he would appeal the sentence."