Holocaust denier’s defamation case against Jewish leader thrown out

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – A judge of the Federal Court of Australia has struck down a defamation case by a Holocaust denier against a Jewish leader.

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Judge David Yates last week ordered Dr. Fredrick Toben, a convicted Holocaust denier living in Adelaide in Australia, to pay costs in the case he lodged against Jeremy Jones, a former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

The judge also ordered that the proceedings be stayed permanently, saying in his judgment that it was “an abuse of the court’s process.”

Toben claimed he had been defamed by a 2009 article written by Jones in the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council magazine, which stated Toben was an anti-Semite.

The native of Germany was jailed in 2009 for contempt of a court order banning him from publishing anti-Semitic material on his website. He also had spent several months in prison in Germany in 1999 for denying the Holocaust.

Toben was declared bankrupt in September.

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