German court fines Holocaust-denying bishop

An ultraconservative British bishop was fined $16,822 in Germany for denying the Holocaust in an interview with Swedish television, his lawyer said Oct. 27.

The investigation of whether Richard Williamson broke German laws against Holocaust denial was launched after the interview was aired earlier this year. In it, Williamson said he didn’t believe any Jews were killed in gas chambers during World War II.

A court in the Bavarian city of Regensburg issued the fine and an order of punishment against Williamson. An order of punishment is a German legal tool that involves no trial but is equivalent to a conviction if accepted by the defendant. If the defendant objects, it goes to trial. — ap