David Irving: Barred from speaking to press
Since a Vienna state court found Irving guilty last month and sentenced him to three years in prison, he has spoken to several news organisations.
Alexandra Mathes, spokeswoman for the court, said it was unusual for a judge to grant reporters the right to interview a convict in the first place, but because media interest in Irving was so large, an exception was made.
That right was revoked yesterday, after Irving said “certain things” to media that could be grounds for him to face fresh charges, Mathes said. She declined to give examples.
In a joint interview with the Vienna daily Die Presse and the Austrian Press Agency last week, Irving likened Austria to a “Nazi state” and criticised the country’s strict laws against denying the Holocaust law as “ridiculous.”
During an interview with The Associated Press on February 23 Irving said that he had erred 17 years ago in contending there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp, calling it a mistake in ”methodology.”
He also said that he accepted that millions of Jews died during the Second World War.
However, Irving refused to use the word Holocaust, describing it as a concept that “became cleverly marketed, like Tylenol.”
The 67-year-old historian has been in Austrian custody since his arrest in November on charges stemming from two speeches he gave in Austria in 1989 in which he was accused of denying the Nazis’ extermination of 6 million Jews.
Both the defence and the prosecution have appealed against the three-year sentence.
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