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Feb. 19, 2003. 05:47 PM
Ottawa has harsh words for refugee Zundel
Minister warns those who would make 'mockery' of system

OTTAWA (CP) =97 Immigration Minister Denis Coderre wouldn't comment today on
a claim that former Canadian resident Ernst Zundel, who says the Holocaust
never happened, was denied re-entry to Canada after being ordered out of
the United States.
But Coderre issued a veiled threat to people trying to make a "mockery" of=

Canada's entry system.

"I won't comment about specifics," he said outside the Commons. "I'm
totally dedicated to make sure that the legitimate people who are seeking
our generosity will be facilitated. But ... those who are trying the system=

and who give a bad reputation to our system should be careful."

German-born Zundel, who moved to the United States in 2001, was arrested
Feb. 5 at his home outside Knoxville, Tenn. U.S. immigration officials said=

he violated terms of his admission as a visitor by failing to attend a
hearing for an extension.
U.S. authorities had said he would be sent to the country from which he
entered the United States =97 in this case Canada.
Zundel's Web site says he was flown to Canada on Monday, was turned back by=

Canadian authorities and was being held in a detention facility near
Buffalo, N.Y.

"He has been told that Canada has now agreed to take him back after the
paperwork is done," the site says.

Immigration Canada spokesperson Rejean Cantlon said he couldn't confirm or=

deny the report.

Zundel lived in Canada for more than 40 years, after moving from Germany,
but according to his Web site was never granted citizenship.

When he left Canada in 2001, he was the subject of a long-running human
rights complaint alleging he spread anti-Semitic hate literature through
his Web site.

A Canadian human rights tribunal ordered Zundel last year to remove hate
literature from his Web site, citing 33 specific documents it considered
offensive.

Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty and the Canadian Jewish Congress
have demanded that Ottawa reject any attempt to send Zundel back to Canada.

In Germany, which now has some of the world's strongest anti-hate laws,
Zundel has been convicted in absentia of Holocaust denial.




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