An Australian revisionist historian won a legal battle to avoid extradition from Britain to Germany on charges of Holocaust denial.
Dr. Fredrick Toben, 64, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London on Oct. 1 while he was en route from the United States to Dubai. German prosecutors on Nov. 20 dropped their appeal of a British judgeâ€™s decision last month that the arrest warrant was invalid.
Westminster Magistrates Court District Judge Daphne Wickham had said in her ruling that the warrant contained only â€œvague and impreciseâ€ details about Tobenâ€™s alleged offenses. German prosecutors wanted to charge Toben for publishing anti-Semitic material on his Adelaide Institute Web site between 2000 and 2004.
Holocaust denial in Germany is a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.
Tobenâ€™s lawyers said he was released from custody Nov. 20 and is awaiting the return of his passport.
He is still, however, awaiting the verdict of a contempt-of-court hearing in Australia brought by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, which has accused Toben of breaching a 2002 Federal Court ruling to remove all Holocaust-denial material from his Web site.