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BUDAPEST (JTA) — The Hungarian Supreme Court has acquitted a Hungarian neo-Nazi leader who was charged with inciting racial hatred.

In reading Monday's verdict, the judge said Albert Szabo and four co-defendants had not broken any of the laws under which they had been charged.

The court upheld a March ruling from a lower court. That ruling had prompted the state prosecutor to announce that he would appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

Szabo's trial began in November, after he and his followers were charged with wearing Nazi uniforms and with displaying Nazi flags and other symbols at public demonstrations.

His acquittal in March led the Hungarian Parliament to enact a new, tougher law regarding hate speech and incitement toward racial hatred.

Russian opens files on Nazi war crimes

MOSCOW (JTA) — Russia has presented copies of thousands of documents on Nazi war crimes from the former KGB central archives to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

There are believed to be between 10,000 and 15,000 pages of documents.

The papers turned over this week disclose "fascist crimes during World War II and, in particular, concerning the mass extermination of Jews," said Nicolai Kovalyov, director of the Federal Security Service, which succeeded the KGB after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Right-wing mayor blasts tribute to Jew

PARIS (JTA) — The extreme-right mayor of the French Mediterranean port city of Toulon triggered an outcry this week when he objected to a planned tribute to Jewish writer Marek Halter at a book fair in November.

Jean-Marie Le Chevalier of the National Front said the tribute was "inopportune" because Halter, a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto, was in favor of immigration in France.

The Front, whose leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, won 15 percent of the vote in last year's presidential elections, proposes sending immigrants to their countries of origin and giving French nationals priority for everything from jobs to housing.

Several writers have openly supported Halter, whose most famous work is "Abraham's Memoirs," the story of a Jewish family's wanderings over many centuries.

Le Chevalier said he preferred to pay tribute to sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, who has defended animal rights, criticized Arab immigrants and is married to a member of the National Front. She recently published her own memoirs.

Anti-Semitic voices taint Budapest rally

BUDAPEST (JTA) — Demonstrators shouted anti-Semitic remarks during an ultrarightist rally held here this week to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian uprising against Soviet rule.

Sunday's demonstration, during which some 25,000 people gathered outside the Parliament building, was far larger than the official government ceremony held last week to mark the doomed uprising.

Dozens of people shouted "bloody Jew" when a reporter asked some neo-Nazis in the crowd about their views and plans.

"Down with Peto," the crowd shouted several times during a speech by Istvan Csurka, the anti-Semitic leader of the ultrarightist Hungarian Justice and Life Party, which holds no parliamentary seats and is notoriously anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

Ivao Peto, the leader of the liberal Alliance of Free Democrats, a member of the governing coalition, is derided by the ultraright as a symbol of Jewish liberal intellectuals.