TORONTO (Jun. 8)
The Supreme Court of Canada rejected Thursday a request for appeal by the Ontario government aimed at restoring the conviction against pro-Nazi propagandist Ernst Zundel. Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Ian Scott, Ontario Attorney General, promptly announced Zundel will get a new trial on the same offense.
Zundel was found guilty in 1985 of breaching a “spreading false news” section of the Canadian criminal code by publishing a booklet denying the truth of the Holocaust. He was sentenced then to 15 months in prison and ordered not to publish anything on that subject.
Last January, the Ontario Court of Appeals unanimously rejected the conviction on grounds of irregularities in jury selection and not permitting certain items of evidence.