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Report: German neo-Nazi skips jail, seeks asylum in Hungary

Posted May 15

— 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.


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