91-year-old German Political Prioner Ursula Haverbeck Denied Early Prison Release
Though prisoners commonly released after serving two-thirds of their sentence, court decides not to free Holocaust-sceptic Ursula Haverbeck, 91.
A German court decided Wednesday that a famous 91-year-old National Socialist lady serving a two-year sentence for "Holocaust denial" shouldn’t be released early.
Ursula Haverbeck was convicted of "incitement" by a court in the northern town of Verden in 2017 and started serving her sentence last year.
Haverbeck has repeatedly asserted that the Auschwitz was just a work camp. She has been convicted several times but long avoided prison due to lengthy appeals. Germany’s highest court threw out her case against the Verden conviction.
It is common in Germany for people to be released after serving two-thirds of their sentence. But news agency dpa reported that the state court in Bielefeld, where she is in prison, said Wednesday it has decided not to release Haverbeck in January. It didn’t give reasons for the decision.
Haverbeck’s sentence is due to end next November.
She had previously been sentenced on several occasions to jail for denying the Holocaust, once declaring on television that “the Holocaust is the biggest and most sustained lie in history.”
"Holocaust denial" and other forms of "incitement to hatred against segments of the population" carry up to five years in prison, while the use of NS symbols such as the holy swastika is also banned.