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Video by Louis MASSIE

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-02-20

Argentina has ordered Richard Williamson (pictured), a conservative British bishop who has denied the extent of the Holocaust, to leave the country, giving him 10 days to comply with the order, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Argentina has ordered the expulsion of a conservative British bishop who has denied the Holocaust, giving him ten days to leave the country, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

 

Bishop Richard Williamson has been at the center of a raging controversy over his statements last month, just before Pope Benedict XVI was to lift his ex-communication, that the Nazis did not use gas chambers to kill Jews during World War II.

Argentina's Interior Minister Florencio Randazo announced that the national immigration office had told Williamson to leave the country in 10 days "in the awareness that his expulsion has been decreed."
   
Bishop Williamson, 67, is on record as denying that the German Nazis used gas chambers to eliminate millions of Jews during World War II, saying only 200,000-300,000 Jews were killed in concentration camps.
   
He repeated his views in an interview given just two days before Pope Benedict XVI lifted his ex-communication.
   
He was orginally excommunicated for being ordained without the Vatican's permision.
   
Pope Benedict VXI last week condemned Holocaust denial as "intolerable and altogether unacceptable" in a statement issued after a meeting with a Jewish delegation from the United States.
 

Date created : 2009-02-19

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