Horst Mahler Released From Prison in Germany After Serving 10 Years for Thought Crime
Lawyer Horst Mahler released from prison in Germany after serving 10 years
by Carolyn Yeager
THE 84-year-old lawyer was released from a prison in the eastern state of Brandenburg on Monday afternoon in October, a spokesman for the Brandenburg Justice Ministry said.
He was released under strict security conditions, which may have included ‘no welcoming party’ because it seems there is practically a news blackout on the whole affair.
Mahler was jailed in 2009 after being given a 10-year-plus sentence for “incitement to racial hatred” and for Holocaust denial — which is a crime in Germany.
Mahler was temporarily released in 2015 for medical reasons — he suffers from diabetes and reportedly has had two foot-leg amputations while in prison because of lack of exercise and inadequate diet, and is now confined to a wheelchair. After being released in 2015, he made ‘non-permitted’ statements and traveled to Hungary where he requested political asylum. The Hungarian authorities (under Orban) refused his request and extradited him back to Germany where he was transferred back to prison in 2017.
Mahler’s freedom may be once again cut short because German authorites are already coming up with new charges against him. Prosecutors in the city of Cottbus (on the German-Polish border) say they are putting out a new arrest warrant against him for remarks published online. A spokesman for the Potsdam Regional Court announced a total of six charges for texts, writings and publications, all of which are intended to constitute an offense of sedition.
Mahler has denounced the new charges, saying his remarks were “purely opinions” that he has never denied. “These are contributions to the interpretation of contemporary events on an ideological basis,” said Mahler.
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