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Belgian man sentenced to 20 days in prison for Holocaust denial

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BRUSSELS—A Criminal Court in Wallonia, the southern region of Belgium, sentenced a man to twenty days in prison and a fine of 600 euros for Holocaust denial.

While travelling in a train to Brussels last year, the 70-year-old man, Louis D., from the city of Nivelles, described the ”homicide” Nazi concentration camps as ‘’propaganda’’ and argued that their existence has never been proven. He made the remarks in presence of a police officer in civilian clothes.

In court, the man affirmed in his defense : ‘’”The law says you cannot deny the genocide and I did not do it.’’ He assured that he had never pronounced the word “genocide” in this train.

On the other hand, he reiterated to the Court president that, according to him, the “homicide” gas chambers are a “very bad lie”, and that they were ”decontamination boxes against typhus.”

He also replied to the prosecutor’s requisitions – indignant to hear such statements – that there was also very little talk of German soldiers starving “by the will of the Zionist Eisenhower.’’

The court considered that calling into question the existence of gas chambers constitues a violation of the Belgian law of 23 March 1995 banning public Holocaust denial. The law makes it illegal to publicly “deny, play down, justify or approve of the genocide committed by the German National Socialist regime during the Second World War”.

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