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                        Copyright 1994 Reuters, Limited

                     September 22, 1994, Thursday, BC cycle

LENGTH: 253 words

HEADLINE: Canada Supreme Court to examine hate teacher case

DATELINE: CALGARY, Alberta

BODY:
   Canada's Supreme Court will examine the case of a western Canadian teacher
twice convicted of promoting hatred against Jews, the justice minister for the
province of Alberta said Thursday.

   Jim Keegstra, a former Alberta high school teacher, taught students that the
Holocaust was a hoax.  

   Earlier this month the Alberta Court of Appeal overturned a second conviction
against Keegstra of promoting hatred on the grounds that the jury in the case
was not provided with all of the information it had requested.

   Alberta has now asked the Supreme Court to look at the Appeal Court ruling
and under Canada's legal system the country's highest court must examine the
case.

   "This is not retrying Mr Keegstra," Alberta Justice Minister Ken Rostad said
Thursday. "This is a question of law that's going to the Supreme Court, not a
question of his guilt or innocence."

   If the Supreme Court upholds the Appeal Court ruling, Alberta will have to
decide whether to hold a third trial for Keegstra, Rostad said.

   Keegstra was originally found guilty of promoting hatred in 1985 after he
taught students in the small Alberta town of Eckville that the Holocaust was the
fabrication of an international Jewish conspiracy bent on destroying Christian
society.

   That conviction was later overturned on the grounds that Canada's anti-hate
laws were unconstitutional.

   Keegstra was retried and again convicted in 1992.

   The 58-year-old Keegstra was fired from his teaching job in 1982 and now
works as a mechanic in Eckville.


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