A British pensioner, David Irving has been jailed for three years in Austria, for denying the Holocaust 17 years ago, even though he now admits he was wrong.
'The jail sentence was imposed despite a last-minute about turn by the author in court: he conceded that he had been mistaken when he claimed in two speeches in 1989 that gas chambers at Auschwitz were a "fairytale".
Irving appeared visibly stunned by the verdict. As he walked out of court after the seven-hour hearing to begin his sentence he could only say: "I’m very shocked and I’m going to appeal."
"I am not a Holocaust denier. My views have changed," he said outside court. "History is a constantly growing tree: the more you learn, the more documents are available, the more you learn, and I have learned a lot since 1989.
"Yes, there were gas chambers," Mr Irving added. "Millions of Jews died, there is no question. I don’t know the figures. I’m not an expert on the Holocaust."
I think this law only makes Holocaust history look weaker. If it's the truth that 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis, then you shouldn't need a law to protect it. Stopping free speech by jailing people will only make people suspicious that it's not completely true.