Hungary hands over fugitive German neo-Nazi
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Hungary hands over fugitive German neo-Nazi

Horst Mahler, 81, co-founded far-left extremist group Red Army Faction in 1970s before turning far-right and becoming prominent Holocaust denier

German extremist Horst Mahler, wanted by the German authorities, is guarded by a Hungarian policeman as he waits to be handed over to German police officers at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Zoltan Mihadak/MTI via AP)
German extremist Horst Mahler, wanted by the German authorities, is guarded by a Hungarian policeman as he waits to be handed over to German police officers at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Zoltan Mihadak/MTI via AP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary — A notorious German neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier arrested last month in Hungary after skipping his jail sentence was handed over to German authorities on Tuesday, Hungarian police said.

Hungarian authorities detained Horst Mahler, 81, on May 15 in the city of Sopron near the Austrian border on the basis of a European arrest warrant.

“Hungarian police handed over (Mahler) to the German authorities on Tuesday” at Budapest’s main airport, a police statement published by the MTI news agency said.

Mahler was a co-founder of the 1970s far-left terror group Red Army Faction, which was responsible for a large number of bombings, assassinations and kidnappings and was backed by the Stasi, the East German secret police. Mahler later swung violently far-right. He received two concurrent prison terms of five and six years in 2009 for disputing the Holocaust.

Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany.

Mahler was temporarily released in 2015 because of ill health and was due to continue serving his prison sentence on April 19 but failed to show up, according to German newspaper Taz.

The former left-wing fanatic has called the Holocaust “the biggest lie in history,” praised the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and gave a Hitler salute to a Jewish journalist in an interview.

He was a member of far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) between 2000 and 2003 before quitting because he found it “outdated.”

Past convictions also include crimes dating back to his time with the Red Army Faction.

MTI said Mahler was due to be flown back to Germany later on Tuesday.

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