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Toronto Sun 
 
Thursday, December 14, 2000  
   
Zundel denied citizenship 
 
 
 
By BRUCE CHEADLE-- The Canadian Press 
 
 
OTTAWA (CP) -- The Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday to hear the 
latest round of appeals by Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.  
 
The rejection would appear to end Zundel's bid for Canadian citizenship, 
although such words have been written before.  
 
As usual, the high court gave no reason for rejecting the leaves to appeal.  
 
Zundel's appeal was the latest in a series of increasingly arcane legal 
gambits over the rejection of his 1993 citizenship application.  
 
Zundel, who was born in Germany but entered Canada as a permanent resident 
in 1958, wanted to challenge a report by the minister of citizenship and 
immigration that labelled him a threat to the security of Canada.  
 
That report, in turn, set in motion a review by the Security Intelligence 
Review Committee (or SIRC), which ultimately helped scuttle Zundel's 
citizenship bid.  
 
Having failed in various court challenges over SIRC's role in the 
proceedings, Zundel was seeking to appeal the minister's initial report on 
the grounds that it didn't spell out circumstances under which he might be 
considered a threat to Canadian security, nor did it provide reasonable 
grounds for the allegation.  
 
Two other Zundel appeals rejected Thursday dealt with a 1997 hearing before 
the Canadian Human Rights Commission over material on his Web site, 
including a pamphlet denying the Holocaust entitled "Did Six Million Really 
Die?"  
 
Zundel wanted one member of the commission dismissed and the case dropped 
because of what he termed an apprehension of bias on the part of the 
commissioner.  
 
He also wanted the right to cross-examine witnesses as to the truth of some 
statements published in the pamphlet.  
 
Zundel's lawyer, Doug Christie, submitted that if statements on the Web 
site could be shown to be true, then the person or group in question would 
be exposed to hatred because of their own actions and not as a result of 
race or ethnicity.  
 
The commission cut off the cross-examination, ruling the truth was 
immaterial in this context.  
 
"It is somewhat disingenuous to say that it is their behaviour and not 
their group membership which exposes them to hatred or contempt," ruled the 
commission.  
 
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal -- which adjudicates cases forwarded to 
it by the commission -- is to hear final arguments in the Zundel case on 
Feb. 28, with a ruling not expected for several months after that.  
  

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