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Irving released from jail

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2006-12-20

An appeals court in Vienna has ruled that convicted Holocaust denier David Irving should be released on probation after serving just 13 months in jail.

Irving, 68, was sentenced to three years for his views expressed in Austria in 1989 when he denied that there were gas chambers at Auschwitz. Later, the British historian said he was "mistaken" and said he accepted that the Nazis killed million of Jews.

"I was put in prison for three years for expressing an opinion 17 years ago," he said.

Holocaust denial carries a maximum prison length of 10 years in Austria.

Irving is expected to be back in the UK in time for Christmas.

"He is free, and he can leave, and he will leave," said his lawyer Herbert Schaller.