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Man Tried for Belittling Holocaust

April 3, 2000

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) _ A Swiss Holocaust revisionist who denied the existence of the Nazi gas chambers went on trial Monday, charged with racial discrimination.

Gaston-Armand Amaudruz, 79, is being tried at the Lausanne correctional court. He faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

The charges stem from an article in Amaudruz’s magazine, Le Courrier du Continent.

In it, he stated: ``For my part, I maintain my position: I don’t believe in the gas chambers. Let the exterminationists provide the proof and I will believe it. But as I’ve been waiting for this proof for decades, I don’t believe I will see it soon.″

Amaudruz was charged under Switzerland’s 1995 anti-racism law, which outlaws belittling of the Holocaust under a provision that makes it a criminal offense to ``deny, grossly minimize or seek to justify genocide or other crimes against humanity.″

French Nazi hunter and historian Serge Klarsfeld plans to address the court during the trial. His organization _ the Association of Sons and Daughters of Deported Jews of France _ is a civil party to the case, along with the International League against Racism and Antisemitism and the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities.

The trial is expected to last four days with the verdict coming next week.

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