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 German neo-Nazi jailed for denying Holocaust
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    KARLSRUHE, Germany, April 21 (Reuter) - A German court
 sentenced a leading neo-Nazi on Friday to two years in jail for
 inciting racial hatred and denying the existence of the
 Holocaust.
    Judge Eva-Maria Wollentin said Guenter Deckert, leader of
 the far-right National Democratic Party, had shown no regrets
 after his conviction on the charges and had made it clear that
 he would repeat his views again.
    In a sign that German courts may now be taking a harder line
 on Nazi apologists, she told Deckert after a nine-hour hearing
 that he would not be allowed to get away with such offences in
 future.
    Deckert was convicted for organising a lecture in 1991 in
 which he and U.S. engineer Fred Leuchter claimed it was
 impossible that six million Jews were killed in Nazi
 concentration camps in World War Two.
    ``(Deckert) has blackened the memory of countless Jews who
 were murdered in the gas chambers,'' Wollentin said. She said
 his behaviour had been particularly reckless when he dismissed
 the Holocaust as a ``Jewish lie.''
    About 20 Deckert sympathisers were present in the regional
 court in Karlsruhe and he said after its ruling: ``That which
 does not kill us makes us harder.''
    He can appeal to the Federal Court of Justice, Germany's
 highest civil and criminal court, against the two-year jail
 sentence.
    A court in Mannheim had imposed one-year suspended prison
 sentence on him last year, a decision which sparked protests in
 Germany and abroad that it was too lenient.
    Protesters also claimed that the Mannheim judges appeared to
 sympathise with Deckert's anti-semitic sentiments.
    The Federal Court of Justice overturned the sentence and
 ordered the regional court in Karlsruhe to set a new one.
    A month later the German parliament passed a law making the
 ``Holocaust lie,'' as denial of the Nazi genocide is known in
 Germany, a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.
    Last year a court in the Bavarian capital Munich jailed a
 prominent neo-Nazi leader for 18 months for the offence. It
 convicted Bela Ewald Althans of distributing videos that denied
 the Holocaust took place.


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