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June 12, 2006
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A judge overturned the hate crimes conviction of a native Canadian leader. Saskatchewan Justice Robert Laing, ruling June 8 on an appeal of David Ahenakew’s conviction, said that the fact that Ahenakew’s reference to Jews as a “disease” was made in an interview with a reporter undermined the prosecution’s contention that the former head of the Assembly of First Nations intended to spread hate. A reporter had approached Ahenakew in 2002 after the native leader delivered a speech blaming Jews for World War II.

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