Fred Leuchter, a builder of execution systems and Holocaust revisionist, has been arraigned in Malden District Court on charges of practicing engineering without a license.
The charge stems from his self-proclaimed scientific authority, which has been used extensively by neo-Nazis to bolster their arguments that the Holocaust never occurred.
The 47-year-old businessman pleaded not guilty Oct. 23 and was released on his personal recognizance. A pretrial conference was set for Dec. 11.
If convicted, the Malden resident could face a fine of $500 and up to three months in prison. His credibility as a witness for Holocaust revisionists would also be damaged.
Leuchter left the courthouse protected by police and followed by TV cameras and reported as dozens of Holocaust survivors standing in the drizzling rain, shouted “Lies!” and waved sign reading “We Bear Witness.”
Nazi-hunter Beate Klarsfeld, who helped initiate the action against Leuchter, came here from France to stand outside the Malden court.
Klarsfeld explained that Leuchter could be sued for false research and defamation could be brought to court for falsifying professional credentials.