Duke expelled from Czech Republic


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was expelled from the Czech Republic.

Duke left the country Saturday, the day after Czech police arrested him in Prague on suspicion of denying the Holocaust, The New York Times reported. His lawyer, Klara Slamova, said police ordered Duke to leave the country, according to reports.

Czech authorities reportedly had focused on Duke’s book "My Awakening," which has passages challenging or justifying the Holocaust, according to the Czech news agency CTK. Denying the Holocaust carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison in the Czech Republic.

A local neo-Nazi group had invited Duke, whose lecture at Charles University was canceled by the Prague school. He had appearances scheduled for Saturday in Prague and Sunday in Brno.

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