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Date: Thu, 24 Aug 95 8:00:26 PDT

	COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Denmark's highest court Thursday
cleared the way for the extradition of a well-known American
neo-Nazi to Germany.
	Gary Lauck, 42, faces German charges of distributing illegal
racist propaganda and Nazi symbols. No date was immediately set for
the extradition, but it is expected within 10 days.
	Lauck has been the main supplier of propaganda to German
neo-Nazis for about 20 years, according to German authorities. His
NS Kampfruf or NS Battle Cry newspaper glorifies Hitler and
contains anti-Semitic articles. His neo-Nazi organization NSDAP/AO
was banned in Germany in 1974.
	Lauck, of Lincoln, Neb., was arrested at Germany's request in
March, when he was in Denmark to attend a regional convention of
neo-Nazis. He is jailed near Copenhagen.
	He had been fighting his extradition, but the Danish Supreme
Court turned him down after a lengthy legal battle. No further
appeals are possible.
	In announcing the court's ruling, Chief Judge Marie-Louise
Andreasen rejected Lauck's arguments that he was working for
political change.
	Lauck had no visible reaction when the sentence was read in
court Thursday.
	``The fight goes on,'' Lauck told reporters after the hearing.
When asked about what kind of treatment he expects in Germany,
Lauck crossed his fingers and smiled nervously.
	According to the Danish law, a person can only be handed over to
another country if his activities are illegal in Denmark and
punishable with a minimum sentence of one year.
	Lauck publications contained statements that violate Denmark's
law on racism, Judge Andreasen said. The court gave four examples,
including an article in Lauck's newspaper that said: ``Jews are our
calamity. Out with the Jews. Only NSDAP/AO can help.''

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