Germany: Bishop Williamson's Appeal Trial

Source: FSSPX News

On July 11, 2011, the Supreme Court of Ratisbonne confirmed Bishop Richard Williamson's appealed condemnation, but reduced the fine that had been inflicted on him at the first court.  He had been condemned in April 2010 to a fine of 10,000 euros for “inciting racial hatred”, after having refused to pay a fine of 12,000 euros proposed by the prosecutor of Ratisbonne to avoid trial.  On appeal he is condemned to pay a fine of 6,500 euros.  His attorneys stressed the fact that their client had been “deceived as to the goals of the interview,”, since the Swedish journalists had given the assurance that Bishop Williamson's statements would be broadcasted only in Sweden.  But during the first trial, the court of Ratisbonne had rejected this argument, saying that these statements were made on German soil where, in late 2008, the televised interview broadcasted by Swedish television on January 21, 2009, took place.  The prelate's attorneys who were not present at the audience, have announced their intention of making an appeal to a higher judiciary instance. (sources: AFP – DICI#238, July 16, 2011)