Horst Mahler’s career has taken another sharp turn. The 81-year-old former defender of rights-wing figures has declared that he is on the run from the judiciary and is now thought to have fled the country.
In a video released on YouTube (and since removed) by the far-right affiliated network “Nordland TV,” the lawyer said he would not be following an order to serve his latest prison sentence, and would instead “ask for asylum in a sovereign state that is ready to accept people.”
He called the charges against him “political persecution without legal basis,” and accused Munich’s state prosecutor Manfred Nötzel of attempting to murder him in prison. An associate of Mahler’s told public broadcaster ARD that he was no longer in the country.
Mahler was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2009 for “repeated incitement to racial hatred and Holocaust denial.” He represented both Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, who later became terrorists
He was released in August 2015 due to ill health (the lower part of his left leg was amputated as a result of an infection), but his sentence was extended for more offences committed while in prison.
Further investigations are also pending – not least over the publication of an anti-Semitic book in the past few years. The Munich prosecutors’ office refused to comment on the video, which was apparently recorded on April 9, on the grounds that the investigations against Mahler are still ongoing.
A repeat offender
Mahler has persistently and publicly denied certain aspects of the Holocaust narrative. holocaust denial is a criminal offense in Germany that leads to long prison sentences for repeat offenders.
Mahler is certainly unrepentant, having spent his 18 months of freedom frequently speaking at right-wing rallies – in January, he appeared at an event in Ludwigshafen to deliver an address denying both the existence of homicidal gas chambers and the systematic murder of Jews during World War II.
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