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London, England - 12/22/06

Holocaust Denier Says: 'No need to show remorse'

Irving called for a boycott of Austrian and German historians until those countries change their Holocaust laws. Irving called for a boycott of Austrian and German historians until those countries change their Holocaust laws.
British writer David Irving returned to England the day after he was released early from an Austrian prison -- vowing to repeat views denying the Holocaust that led to his conviction.

Irving said Thursday he felt "no need any longer to show remorse" for his views on the Holocaust, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison. Vienna's highest court granted Irving's appeal and converted two-thirds of his sentence into probation on Wednesday.

Upon arriving at London's Heathrow airport, he also called for a boycott of all Austrian and German historians until laws which make Holocaust denial illegal in those countries are overturned.

Willfried Kovarnik, head of Vienna's immigration police, said Irving had been indefinitely banned from Austria and that he had spent Wednesday night in an Austrian detention center. Irving said he intended to appeal that decision.

In February, Irving was convicted under a 1992 law that applies to anyone in Austria who denies, plays down, approves or tries to excuse the Nazi genocide or other Nazi crimes against humanity. The law calls for a prison term of up to 10 years.

During his one-day trial earlier this year, Irving pleaded guilty to the charge of denying the Holocaust.

Both the defense and the prosecution appealed the sentence. In September, Austria's Supreme Court upheld Irving's conviction.

He said he spent his time in prison writing his memoirs.

During his imprisonment, he said that he and his seriously ill wife, Bente Hogh, lost their Central London home. He said he would return to temporary accommodation in Central London and begin to rebuild his life.

He said he had been targeted by a "secret society of judges" in Britain.

"They haven't succeeded," he said. "My enemies are deeply shocked that I'm out. They thought I would die in prison."

Irving had been in custody since his November 2005 arrest on charges stemming from two speeches he gave in Austria in 1989 for which he was accused of denying the Nazis' extermination of 6 million Jews.

He has contended that most of those who died at concentration camps like Auschwitz succumbed to diseases such as typhus rather than execution.

Story courtesy of http://www.cnn.com.

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