German neo-Nazi jailed for denying Holocaust (Adds quotes and more details) 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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