2019.04.09 17:32

British Holocaust denier may be barred from entering Lithuania

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS 2019.04.09 17:32

British Holocaust denier David Irving may be barred from entering Lithuania, according to the country's foreign minister. The notorious author has plans to visit Poland and has hinted at coming to Lithuania as well.

Responding to the reports, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Tuesday he would propose putting Irving on the list of individuals who are not welcome in Lithuania.

“I will turn to the Migration Department shortly with a proposal to put him on the list of unwelcome persons,” Linkevičius told BNS Lithuania. “Spreading his views of denying the Holocaust and idolizing Adolf Hitler is a crime in Lithuania and we cannot allow committing such crimes.”

Linkevičius says that the available information suggests that Irving, who has already announced plans to visit Poland in September, might also visit Lithuania.

“There have been reports about his tourist trip to Latvia, Poland. It might be so that he might come to Lithuania as well. I want to say frankly that such individuals are not welcome in Lithuania and spreading of such views is unacceptable,” the Lithuanian foreign minister said.

Lithuania's Criminal Code punishes denials or gross trivialization of Nazi and Soviet crimes with up to two years in prison.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said last month that his country would probably also bar Irving from entering Poland where Holocaust denial is also a crime.

The author of several books, Irving denies the fact that the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War Two.