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New trial ordered for Ahenakew

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Canada’s Saskatchewan province has ordered a second hate crimes trial against former native chief David Ahenakew.

 

Ahenakew, 74, who called Jews a “disease” and justified the Holocaust during a 2002 newspaper interview, was convicted three years later of willfully promoting hatred against Jews. Last month, a higher court upheld his appeal and ordered a new trial.

 

The Canadian Jewish Congress said in a statement last Friday it would have preferred that the appeals decision be made in the Supreme Court of Canada but added that it welcomes a new trial.

 

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