Report: German neo-Nazi skips jail, seeks asylum in Hungary
Posted May 15
BERLIN — A prominent German neo-Nazi who was sentenced to prison for Holocaust denial is reportedly seeking asylum in Hungary.
The Mitteldeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Monday published a letter from Horst Mahler saying he was asking "the leader of the Hungarian nation, Viktor Orban, to grant me asylum as someone who is being politically persecuted."
Mahler was serving a 10-year sentence for Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic incitement when a court ruled two years ago that he could leave prison due to serious illness. He was ordered to return to prison late last year, but he refused.
The 81-year-old was a founding member of the militant far-left Red Army Faction in 1970 but later turned to far-right politics. Denial of the Nazi Holocaust is a crime in Germany.