Sweden refuses assistance in priest’s Holocaust denial inquiry

Regensburg, Germany – Sweden has refused to summon a journalist for questioning in a possible German prosecution of Richard Williamson, the fundamentalist Catholic clergyman who caused a furor by questioning the scale of the Holocaust.

Prosecutors in the German city of Regensburg admitted Thursday the inquiry was effectively stalled.

Williamson, a British leader of the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), gave an interview last year to a Swedish TV journalist near the German city, where the SSPX, an advocate of old-style Catholicism, has a seminary.

A re-broadcast of the interview this year, just after Pope Benedict XVI ended the excommunication of Williamson and three other SSPX leaders, triggered a storm worldwide.

Regensburg prosecutors opened an inquiry to see if he could be charged with Holocaust denial, which is a crime under German law.

They asked their Swedish counterparts to summon the journalist for questioning. But Sweden replied there was no legal basis to interrogate the journalist as requested.

Prosecutor Guenther Ruckdaeschel said this was apparently because of journalistic privilege in Sweden, although he said, from a German point of view, the argument made no sense.

‘Legally, we can’t see why. It wouldn’t be any problem here to question a journalist,’ he said.

‘If we don’t get anything from Sweden, we’ll just have to see how we can get on without this testimony.’

Population studies show that 5 million to 6 million European Jews were killed by all causes,including death camps, starvation, disease and battle, during the Nazi period.

In the interview, Williamson, 69, appeared to question that, contending there was no historical evidence of Nazi gas chambers and claiming ‘only 200,000 to 300,000 Jews’ had been killed in concentration camps.

Through his lawyer, he has told the German prosecutors he was assured his remarks were for broadcast in Sweden only, where there is no law against doubting the Holocaust.

6 thoughts on “Sweden refuses assistance in priest’s Holocaust denial inquiry

  1. angryton says:

    Why the hell spend time on people simply for denying the holocaust? haven’t we as a society better things to spend our time and resources on, than this? what about freedom of speech? Shouldnt even controversial statements be allowed?

  2. “…Richard Williamson, the fundamentalist Catholic clergyman who caused a furor by questioning the scale of the Holocaust.”

    That’s a surprisingly objective sentence. Usually journalists and news agencies (or I should say, what passes for journalists and news agencies these days) would say “…caused a furor by denying the Holocaust.”

  3. “Population studies show that 5 million to 6 million European Jews were killed by all causes,including death camps, starvation, disease and battle, during the Nazi period.”

    Look at the liars revamping their claims. They never used to claim that 6 million jews died of all causes; they claimed that 6 million jews died in the so-called “death camps,” with at least half of them being killed in homicidal gas chambers. Now they’re acquiescing to revisionist arguments by including things like “starvation, disease and battle” in the numbers.

    Well, that doesn’t change the fact that there were no “death camps,” no homicidal gas chambers, and that 5 to 6 million jewish deaths is still way too high a number.

  4. “Population studies show that 5 million to 6 million European Jews were killed by all causes,including death camps, starvation, disease and battle, during the Nazi period.”

    Also note that they’re switching the time frame here: suddenly, the period from 1942-1945, which is when most “Holocaust scholars” claim “the Holocaust” took place, has been extended to “the Nazi period.” By this phrasing, every jew that died in Germany and German-occupied territories between 1933 and 1945, even if by natural causes like old age, could be counted in the “six million” figure.

    Don’t think the holohoaxers aren’t underhanded enough to pull shit like this. The whole thing has been a lie from begining to end and they’re certainly not going to stop now. People are so credulous and questioning their claims has become so taboo that there isn’t any reason for them to stop.

  5. (ahem) * beginning (with two n’s!)

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