Dr. Frederick Toben, is fighting extradition from the United Kingdom because he fears being deported to Germany where he faces a European Arrest Warrant for his alleged remarks which deny the Holocaust ever happened. As he entered the court, several people rose and gave stiff armed Nazi salutes. The German born academic has taken Australian nationality and was arrested at Heathrow airport on his way back to Australia. he is wanted in a district court in Mannheim, Germany, for posting information of an “anti-semitic or revisionist nature” on his website. It is not a crime to express such views in Great Britain, but it is in Germany.
The European Arrest Warrant expedites extradition from one EU country to another if the crime entails at least one year in jail. An important issue in this case is the right of free speech. Dr. Toben’s views hardly reflect intelligence or what one would expect in the ability to engage in critical thinking from a person with advanced education. But, the essence of democracy is that people are entitled to their views regardless of how ridiculous they may emerge.