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Friday, 1 February 2013

Auschwitz or museum trip for Hungary Holocaust denier

Budapest - The first ever criminal conviction was handed down for holocaust denial in Hungary. Yesterday, the court of appeals affirmed the lower court decision and sentenced software developer György Nagy one and a half years probation for denying the holocaust.

In addition, the court ordered György Nagy to visit either the Páva street Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest or the Auschwitz Memorial Center in Poland or the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem at least three times and describe his thoughts on the visits in an essay.

The lower court sentenced György Nagy one and a half years probation and ordered his supervision for denying the holocaust on June 12, 2012.

Nagy was taken into custody on October 23, 2011 during a demonstration as he held up a sign in Hebrew that said "The Shoah did not happen".

During court proceedings, Nagy signed court documents in the ancient Hungarian Rovas script rather than using Latin letters claiming that he had the constitutional right to use his mother tongue.

Nagy and his lawyer have questioned the legal basis of the sentence claiming that criminalizing the denial of the holocaust is contrary to the Basic Law. The court however, stated that in certain cases to protect human dignity the freedom of expression law can be overruled.

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