German "Nazi grandma" fails to overturn prison sentence

Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-14 01:24:24|Editor: yan
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BERLIN, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The appeal of 89-year-old holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck, colloquially known as the "Nazi grandma" in Germany, against her recent prison sentence has been rejected on Tuesday.

The Celle Higher Regional Court in Lower Saxony ruled that a two-year prison sentence, without probation, which it had handed to Haverbeck remained valid.

The octogenarian "Nazi Grandma" was convicted of sedition on eight counts in August 2017 after the failure of an earlier appeal.

Haverbeck has repeatedly come into conflict with the German judiciary by publishing articles in far-right journals and magazines which claim that no Jews were gassed by the National Socialists at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in modern-day Poland. Instead, she insisted that the notorious institution was merely a labor camp.

Haverbeck's defense had tried to prevent her conviction by arguing that the writings in question were protected by the right to free speech.

Speaking to German public broadcaster NDR after the decision, Haverbeck said that she was uncertain how to proceed. The "Nazi grandma" told NDR that, although supporters had suggested that she should flee Germany, this was "not a realistic option" at her age.