2017-10-11 / World News

Belgian court sentences denier to visit camps

A court in Belgium has ordered a former lawmaker convicted of Holocaust denial to visit a Nazi concentration camp every year for the next five years and write about his experiences.

Laurent Louis, 37, was given the unconventional sentence by the Brussels Court of Appeal, The New York Times reported.

In June 2015 he was convicted and given a six-month suspended jail sentence and fined over $20,000 by the Correctional Tribunal of Brussels for making statements that consciously downplayed the atrocities committed by the German occupation forces that ruled Belgium during World War II. The trial centered on online statements he made that questioned the number of Jews killed in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust.

During his time in parliament, Louis was responsible for a number of actions perceived as provocative to Belgian Jews and resistance fighters.

Louis entered parliament as a representative of the small center-right People’s Party, but he was later kicked out. . (JTA)

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