When I read the headline that a Lib Dem MP is backing the rights of a holocaust denier not to be arrested and extradited from the UK to Germany, I was somewhat concerned. But when I read the full details, it is clear Chris Huhne is right.
It is a fact that holocaust denial is not a crime in this country so it cannot be right to to arrest someone in this country for doing something that is not illegal. Imagine if a country made it a criminal offence to be Buddhist. Would we arrest all Buddhists and extradite them to the country that made them illegal ? The craziness of the situation is brought home when you realise that Poland is seeking to extradite Polish citizens from Belgium using European laws because these Poles have had abortions in Belgium, something that is perfectly legal over there, but illegal in Poland.
There is no denying that the words of Dr Gerald Toben are deeply offensive, shows shocking lack of knowledge and highlight him to be truly repugnant and worthy of everyones' contempt. But as an Australian citizen legally expressing his right to free speech, it is not something he should be arrested for.