A French Holocaust denier who was convicted underneath France’s anti-Nazi legal guidelines has been arrested in Scotland after authorities looked for him for 2 years, police stated Tuesday.
Police Scotland stated Vincent Reynouard was arrested in Fife, north of Edinburgh, on Thursday on behalf of French authorities, and that he appeared earlier than the Edinburgh Sheriff Court on the identical day.
Investigators from France’s workplace for hate crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity have been working with U.Okay. officers to trace Reynouard for a while.
Reynouard, 53, had been convicted of Holocaust denial, a felony offense in France, a number of occasions. His newest conviction was in relation to a sequence of antisemitic posts on social media. He was given a four-month jail time period in November 2020 and an extra six-month spell in January 2021.
A French judicial official confirmed that France was searching for Reynouard’s extradition, however declined to offer additional data.
The Campaign Against Antisemitism, a British nonprofit, welcomed the arrest and described Reynouard as a “despicable Holocaust denier who has repeatedly been convicted by French courts.”
The charity stated he was reportedly residing in the U.Okay. and dealing as personal tutor. It stated his first Holocaust denial conviction was in 1991 for distributing leaflets denying the existence of fuel chambers at focus camps.