Holocaust supporter gets 15 months suspended sentence

PRAGUE- Antonin Cermak, 21, was given 15 months in prison with a probation of 3.5 years for support for Holocaust.

Cermak reacted “only, only” to a Nazism opponent shouting “You have killed 1.7 million Jewish children” during a neo-Nazi demonstration in Prague last year.

Cermak and the state attorney have both taken time to appeal.

The demonstration of about 70 neo-Nazis took place outside the German embassy in Prague on October 28 in support of Ernst Zuendel, alleged German denier of the Holocaust.

Zuendel has been accused in Germany of spreading hatred of Jews via the Internet and claiming that the Holocaust had never occurred.

Cermak called at the court today that he was reacting to a remark that concerned the number of demonstrators.

According to the verdict Cermak’s behaviour was confirmed by three witnesses – policemen, who stood right behind him during the demonstration.

Judge Edita Beranova said that Cermak had already been prosecuted for an attack against a man and unauthorised use of a car, but on the other hand he is young and has not yet been in prison.

She said however that the offence he was sentenced for today is very dangerous to society. He will now be supervised by the probation and mediation service.


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Jan. 16, 2006
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