A court in Vienna has sentenced the British historian, David Irving, to three years in jail for denying the Holocaust. The case was based on remarks he made in an interview 17 years ago and in speeches during visits to Austria, where denying the Nazi genocide of Jews is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
Irving was detained in November en route to a far-right meeting in Austria. He pleaded guilty to the charges and asked for leniency claiming that his opinions had changed after reading Adolph Eichmann’s diaries in 1991.It is not his first brush with the law on similar accusations. In 2000 he lost a libel case in London, which bankrupted him, after an American academic attacked him in print. The court declared that Irving was “an active holocaust denier, anti-semitic, and racist”.