CBNNews.com—BERLIN—A former leftist turned neo-Nazi was convicted of Holocaust denial in a German court and sentenced to six years in prison. Horst Mahler, who was a founding member of the Red Army Faction in 1970, was convicted for posting videos denying the Holocaust on the Internet and distributing CD's filled with hate messages about Jews. Holocaust denial is a criminal offense in Germany.
Presiding Judge Martin Reider said Mahler was using the court room as a podium to promote his "nationalist croaking." Mahler had filed a complaint against himself in the Munich court case. During his closing argument, he spent hours elaborating on his theories of Holocaust denial and expressing sympathy for Richard Williamson, the Roman Catholic bishop who claims that no Jews went to the gas chambers during the Holocaust.
Mahler was sentenced to one year above the maximum five year recommendation. The judge called him "completely unrepentant and totally unteachable."