As I have explained here before, I do not dispute the claims which are made about the numbers killed in the Holocaust, I do not know enough about the subject to deny it. However, it would never have occurred to me to question it, were in not for the fact that in many countries in Europe, and in Canada it is illegal to question the official account. That is the sort of thing which happens in dictatorships, where they wish to silence the truth, so inevitably it makes one suspicious.
I have always been grateful for the fact that in Britain, so called "Holocaust denial" is not a crime although a number of other thought crimes are, and that, at least in that area, scholars can debate the facts of history.
The fact that what Australian historian Dr. Fredrick Töben is accused of doing is not a crime in Britain makes it even more shocking that he was arrested on an aircraft passing through Britain's Heathrow airport on the strength of an extradition warrant issued by the German government.
I may not agree with Dr Töben, or know if what he says has any merit, however, the treatment he has received at the hands of Britain is outrageous and exposes as a joke what any claim that there is free speech in this country.
What follows is a letter written by Lady Michèle Renouf to the Australian High Commissioner, detailing the behaviour of the British police, presumably with the approval of the British Government.
Michèle, Lady Renouf,
P.O. Box 18812,
.Tel/Fax: 0207 460 7453
2nd October 2008
High Commissioner to the UK,
Mr. John Dauth LVO,
Australian High Commission,
Fax: 0207 240 5333
As you will be aware the British police and Crown Prosecution Service have executed a Mannheim-originating warrant on an Australian national, the historian Dr. Fredrick Töben, who was arrested on board an aeroplane at Heathrow while simply in transit from the USA to Dubai.
Even as he had no intention of entering Britain, he was seized off the aeroplane and brought into this country where his alleged crimes do not even constitute an offence.
For the first time, therefore, the European Arrest Warrant is being used in a manner that we in Britain were assured would not be applied in Britain,which has declined to adopt a 'Holocaust denial' law, because it is contrary to British traditions of freedom of enquiry and expression.
The situation is summed up in today's Times under the headline:'
Extradition bid raises fears of 'thought crime' offences'.
I trust that the High Commission will provide consular assistance to Dr.Töben and will monitor this disturbing and unprecedented development so as to keep our fellow Australians informed of what they can expect from the UK legal system when travelling or in transit.
"British courts should refuse to act on an EU arrest warrant requesting the extradition of an alleged Holocaust denier, says a senior Lib Dem".
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