Holocaust ‘revisionist’ Frederick Toben ‘breaching orders’
Liza Keppelle: The Advertiser | August 07, 2008
HOLOCAUST “revisionist” Fredrick Toben should be jailed for criminal contempt of court if he can’t afford a fine, the Federal Court has been told.
Dr Toben faces a contempt finding in the Federal Court in Adelaide, accused of failing to stop publishing racist material on his Adelaide Institute website – despite a 2002 Federal Court order and an undertaking he made last year.
He pleaded not guilty to 28 charges this week, after allegations from former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Jeremy Jones, that Dr Toben was still breaching the Racial Discrimination Act on his website.
Mr Jones first lodged a complaint with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission in 1996 and later applied to the Federal Court to uphold its ruling.
On Mr Jones’ behalf today, Robin Margo SC told the court Dr Tobin had defied its orders for six years.
Mr Margo said the website was still publishing last month “virulent anti-semetic material”, including claims there were no homicidal gas chambers at Auschwitz concentration camp and that the Holocaust was “the world’s filthiest blood libel”.
“He’s chosen to tell the truth as he sees it, rather than obey the law,” Mr Margo said.
“There could be no more serious example of blatant contempt.”
Mr Margo said the offence was at “the extreme end of the spectrum” and urged Judge Bruce Lander to fine Dr Toben as a deterrent if he found him guilty of contempt.
“If it is the fact that he can’t pay the fine, he should be imprisoned,” Mr Margo added.
Dr Toben’s barrister David Perkins told the court Mr Jones’ case portrayed “my client’s human rights as illegal”.
The hearing continues.
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- a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof
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