Melbourne Thursday, November 11, 1999 Australian jailed for spreading Nazi propaganda source: DPA (German Press Agency) Mannheim, Germany, Monday, November 8, 1999 -- An Australian accused of spreading Nazi propaganda was sentenced to 10 months in prison today at his trial in Mannheim. German-born Fredrick Toben, 55, was found guilty of using printed material and the Internet to deny that millions of Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Third Reich. The denial is an offence under German law. But Toben may well not have to serve any time behind bars for the offences since presiding judge Klaus Kern said he was willing to allow the Australian out on bail of 6,000 marks ($A4,937.23) for the three months left of the sentence after seven months on remand have been taken into consideration. Toben used the web site of the Adelaide Institute to claim that the gas chambers at Auschwitz had not been intended to gas people, public prosecutor Heiko Klein told the court. Toben asserted that the concentration camp had swimming baths, a brothel, a theatre, a post office and an orchestra for the prisoners, Klein said. The prosecution had urged a prison sentence of two years and four months but judge Kern said Toben could not be punished in Germany for texts which appeared on the Internet in English and were submitted from Australia. Only the printed material in which Toben denied the existence of the gas chambers was an offence under German law. The Adelaide Institute, headed by Toben, is an Australian-based international organisation which denies that the Holocaust ever happened. Judge Kern said Toben had tried 'to present the extermination of European Jewry in Nazi German death camps as having been invented by Jewish circles'. Toben told the court that the trial against him amounted to the 'state-orchestrated rape of me as a person'. In February, Toben had begun a world tour, the court was told. In April he arrived in Mannheim with the intention of discussing the holocaust with Klein and was arrested. He had been in investigative custody ever since.
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