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World IN BRIEF : GERMANY : Judges in Rightist Case to Be Replaced

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Two judges under fire over a ruling that appeared to show understanding for a far-right leader’s anti-Semitic views will be replaced because of “long-term illness,” court officials said. Judges Wolfgang Mueller and Rainer Orlet, who handed down a suspended sentence to Guenter Deckert, head of the right-wing National Democratic Party, will be replaced immediately. A three-judge panel chaired by Mueller provoked outrage last week by saying Deckert was a man of character for whom denying the Holocaust was a “matter of the heart.”


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