German court removes defence lawyer from trial of alleged Holocaust denier Canadian Press Friday, March 31, 2006,BERLIN (AP)
- A German court removed a defence lawyer Friday from the trial of far-right activist Ernst Zundel, charged with denying the Holocaust, accusing the lawyer of trying to sabotage the proceedings.
Zundel, 66, who emigrated to Canada from Germany in 1958 and lived in Toronto and Montreal until 2001, returned to court Thursday to face charges of incitement, libel and disparaging the dead. He went on trial before a state court in Mannheim in November, but proceedings have bogged down in a string of motions, objections and interruptions from his defence team.
On Friday, the superior state court in Karlsruhe said it suspected defence lawyer Sylvia Stolz of illegally obstructing proceedings "with the sole goal of sabotaging the trial . . . and making it into a farce." Stolz has a week to appeal the decision. Prosecutors accuse Zundel of years of anti-Semitic activities including denying the Holocaust - a crime in Germany - in documents and on the Internet. The presiding judge halted the trial on March 9 to ask for Stolz's removal after she denounced the court as a "tool of foreign domination" and described the Jews as an "enemy people" in earlier sessions.
Lesson #1: Don't listen to Horst Mahler
Lesson #2: It sometimes helps to find a defence lawyer least like yourself. Female was a good start; shame Stolz turned out to be a barking-mad Moonbat.
Oh yeah, this got posted before the doofuses at CODOH realised their hero just lost another lawyer. Heh.
Update: The Cesspit finally notices their hero's lawyer is in trouble.