The first sentence meted out for Holocaust denial in Hungary has become final, business weekly HVG said on Thursday.
Upholding the ruling of the lower court, the Budapest Court sentenced the culprit to 18 months in prison, suspended for three years, and put him under probation supervision.
The 42-year old attended a demonstration on October 23, 2011, and held up a banner with the Hebrew-language inscription: “The Holocaust did not happen”.
The man is obliged to visit the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest’s Pava Street (above left) at least three times and sum up his ideas on the basis of what he sees there. As an alternative, he may visit the Auschwitz memorial site or Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for the same purpose.
He was also banned from attending demonstrations and other political events.
The denial of genocides committed by the Nazi regime was declared a crime by the Hungarian Parliament in February 2010. Three months later the denial of crimes against humanity committed during the communist era was also qualified as a crime.