An Italian court ruled Sunday to expel former Ku Klux Klan leader and ex-US state congressman David Duke from the country, after the white supremacist violated a travel ban and allegedly planned to establish a pan-European neo-Nazi group.
Duke, 63, had been the subject of a 2009 travel and residence ban issued by Switzerland that was valid in all 26 countries in the Schengen area, including Italy. Upon receiving an order from the Italian police to leave the country, Duke filed an appeal with the Belluno administrative court. Duke had been living in the Northern Italian province of Belluno for a year-and-a-half, prior to the order, under a false name. His appeal was denied by the court Sunday, who lambasted his “socially dangerous racist and anti-Semitic views.”
According to his lawyer, Duke left the country immediately following the ruling, Haaretz reported.
“Official reliable sources have revealed [Duke] plans to establish an organization aiming to exterminate the black and Jewish races in Europe,” the sentence read, according to the International Business Times.
The Anti-Defamation League commended the Italian authorities for booting out Duke.
“His recent attempts to establish a neo-Nazi group in Europe are only a continuation of his four-decade-long crusade to spread his hateful racist ideology in the US and around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director.
Duke, a noted Holocaust denier and virulent racist, ran for US presidency in 1988 and 1992. He served in Louisiana’s state house.