Holocaust-denying bishop fined by German court

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A renegade British bishop has been fined 10,000 euros (£8,750) for denying the Holocaust in a case that has acutely embarrassed the Vatican.

The case went ahead in a German court without Richard Williamson, whose breakaway Catholic fraternity told him not to testify, his lawyer said.

Denying that the Holocaust took place, or questioning key elements, is illegal in Germany.

The bishop acknowledged the offending comments in a statement read in court.

Williamson, 70, was convicted by the court in the southern German city of Regensburg of inciting racial hatred for stating in a TV interview aired in January 2009 that only "200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps".

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