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Thursday, April 30, 1998

             Supreme Court rejects Zundel's
             citizenship appeal

OTTAWA (CP) -- Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel's attempt
to circumvent Canada's civilian spy watchdog ended in failure
Thursday when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear
his appeal. 

The decision means Zundel must pass muster with the
Security Intelligence Review Committee for his 1993
citizenship application to be accepted. 

The committee, known as SIRC, previously branded Zundel
a Holocaust denier, publisher of hate mail and member of the
radical right in its report on the white supremacist group
Heritage Front. 

Zundel argued the committee, through its Heritage Front
investigation, was biased against him and could not
dispassionately assess whether he poses a national security
risk for purposes of his citizenship bid. 

In November, the Federal Court of Appeal asserted that the
civilian agency was acting within its mandate and had the
unbiased authority to make a recommendation on Zundel. 

The Supreme Court, as usual, did not explain its decision
Thursday to deny Zundel's appeal. 

If Zundel wishes to pursue his citizenship bid, he must now
go through the SIRC screening process. 

"So it falls back into our court," said committee
spokeswoman Claire Malone. 

Malone would not say when or whether Zundel will resume
his citizenship bid, citing privacy concerns. 

In a written comment on the case Zundel, said he has lived in
Canada for over 40 years and has children and grandchildren

He accused the Canadian government of being a "cesspool
of moral and political bankruptcy." 

In the past, Zundel has contended the Canadian government
wants to deny him citizenship so it can deport him to
Germany, where he has been convicted under Holocaust denial laws. 

A spokeswoman with the Citizenship and Immigration
Department said Zundel is not under a deportation order.

If his citizenship bid were rejected on security grounds, he
would be free to re-apply two years later, she said. 

The Citizenship Act has also been amended so that if SIRC
did find itself in a position of conflict, a judge could be
appointed to assess the security risk of an applicant.

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