American Neo-Nazi Denied Asylum, Extradition Expected
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Denmark rejected a political asylum request by American neo-Nazi Gary Lauck today, paving the way for his extradition to Germany after months of legal wrangling.
In Germany, Lauck faces charges of distributing illegal racist propaganda and Nazi symbols from his base in Lincoln, Neb. If convicted, he could be jailed for up to five years.
Last month, Denmark’s Supreme Court backed a government decision to send Lauck to Germany. Lauck then applied for asylum in Denmark.
``His (asylum) application has been refused because we consider it unfounded,″ said Poul Mose Hansen, a senior spokesman for the Directorate of Immigration.
No date for Lauck’s extradition has been announced. But in Germany, court sources said they expect Lauck to be handed over Monday evening at Hamburg airport.
Lauck was arrested at the Danish neo-Nazis’ headquarters on March 20 under an international extradition request from Germany.
The 42-year-old American citizen heads the National Socialist German Workers’ Party-Overseas Organization.