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French holocaust denier Vincent Reynouard faces extradition from Scotland | UK News

A convicted Holocaust denier who spent two years on the run is to be extradited back to France, a Scottish court has ruled.

Vincent Reynouard, 54, was arrested in November last year after being tracked down in Fife.

During a hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, Reynouard was told he will be returned to his homeland to stand trial on charges including “public trivialisation of a war crime” and “public incitement to hatred”.

The Frenchman’s lawyers had argued that UK extradition law only allows people to be sent back to their homeland if there is an equivalent British crime to the one that foreign states plan to prosecute them for.

Defence advocate Fred Mackintosh KC stated there was no equivalent law in Scotland to Holocaust denial and that this should stop his client from being extradited.

However, Sheriff Chris Dickson ruled against the defence.

In a written judgment explaining his decision, Sheriff Dickson wrote about how Reynouard published a video online.

Sheriff Dickson concluded that although Reynouard “did not call for the extermination of the Jewish people”, his actions in the video would constitute an offence under Scottish law and due to that he could be extradited.

Reynouard was apprehended in Anstruther on 10 November 2022 on a Trade and Cooperation Agreement warrant.

A general view of Edinburgh Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court
Edinburgh Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court. File pic

He is wanted in France as the authorities there believe he is guilty of denying the Holocaust took place. The act of Holocaust denial is an offence in France.

Reports say Reynouard was using a false identity while working as a private tutor after evading authorities for two years before being arrested.

The search was led by France’s Central Office for the Fight against Crimes against Humanity and Hate Crimes.

The investigation began after the memorial of Oradour-sur-Glane, where Nazi troops killed and destroyed an entire village in June 1944, was vandalised by graffiti which read “Reynouard is right”.

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Reynouard was first convicted of Holocaust denial in 1991.

He was detained after handing out leaflets denying the existence of gas chambers among high school pupils.

In 1997, he was sacked from his job as a maths teacher at a secondary school in Honfleur, Normandy. His dismissal came after the discovery of revisionist texts on his computer hard disk.

He was also found giving his students statistical equations regarding the rate of mortality in Nazi concentration camps.

In 2005, Reynouard was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment and fined €10,000 (£8,600) by a court for writing a 16-page brochure entitled “Holocaust? Here’s what’s kept hidden from you”.

This was sent to French tourism offices, museums and town halls.

In 2015, he was sentenced to two years in jail by a court in Normandy for denying the Holocaust in a series of Facebook posts.

His most recent conviction came in November 2020 for posting a Holocaust denial video on YouTube.

Ashley Dale death: Man charged with council worker’s murder after extradition from Spain | UK News

A man has been charged with murder following the fatal shooting of council worker Ashley Dale in Liverpool.

Ms Dale, 28, was found with a gunshot wound in her garden in the Old Swan area on 21 August last year.

Ian Fitzgibbon, also 28, has been charged with murder after being arrested by the Spanish National Police and then extradited to the UK, Merseyside Police said.

Fitzgibbon, from St Helens, was also charged with conspiracy to murder Lee Harrison, possession of a prohibited weapon [sub-machine gun pistol and ammunition] with intent to endanger life, and conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon [sub-machine gun and ammunition].

He will appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

It brings the number of people charged with the murder of Ms Dale to five.

Sean Zeisz, 27, Niall Barry, 26, James Witham, 41, and Joseph Peers, 28, were charged with Ms Dale’s murder and are due to stand trial on 2 October.

Ashley Dale

At her funeral in September last year, Ms Dale was described by her family as a “rising star” who “had her whole life ahead of her”.

Ms Dale, an environmental health officer for Knowsley Council, is not believed to have been the intended target of the shooting.

Man arrested over mass drowning of migrants in English Channel fighting extradition to France | UK News

An alleged ringleader of a people smuggling gang, accused of sending more than 30 migrants to their deaths in the English Channel, is fighting extradition to France.

Harem Abwbaker, a UK asylum seeker, is said to have charged the migrants $3,200 (£2,680) each for the trip in November last year.

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the 32-year-old was accused of putting them in a badly-designed boat with inadequate navigation or life-saving equipment.

When the boat deflated and sank in darkness two hours after leaving France – and all but two on board drowned – he allegedly offered their relatives money to keep quiet.

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Two migrants survived and identified Abwbaker as the ‘right-hand man’ of the gang’s leader, according to an extradition warrant issued by the French authorities.

The document also claims he personally helped the migrants on to the boat and electronic data showed his mobile phone was at the launch site on the French coast.

The warrant states the migrants were powerless to respond to an emergency, and “had no chance of facing any event at sea,” Prosecutor Michael McHardy told Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Harem Ahmed Abwbaker. Pic: National Crime Agency
Harem Abwbaker was arrested in Cheltenham. Pic: National Crime Agency

Suspect wants to prove ‘innocence’

Abwbaker, a Kurd, was arrested in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday morning. In court he gave his address as the town’s Ramada Hotel.

He sat in the dock in jeans and a grey sweatshirt, scratching his beard during the 30-minute hearing.

Asked if he agreed to be extradited, he said through an interpreter: “If I return now, how can I come back once I’ve proved my innocence? What you’re talking about is my life and my freedom.”

Judge Paul Goldspring said: “It’s clear he’s not consenting.”

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It’s previously been reported that 27 bodies were recovered the day after the boat sank and four migrants were still missing.

According to the extradition warrant, the French Navy recovered 25 bodies.

This is what remains of the boat that capsized in the Channel and resulted in the deaths of 27 people
The remains of the boat which capsized in the English Channel in November 2021

Abwbaker did not ask for bail and was remanded in custody ahead of an extradition hearing in April. He will appear in court again for a preliminary hearing on 29 December.