Not guilty

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Date: Mar. 9, 2009
From: Maclean's(Vol. 122, Issue 8)
Publisher: St. Joseph Media
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 86 words

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A Saskatchewan judge has ruled that David Ahenakew, the 75-year-old former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, is not guilty of inciting hatred for praising, in a media interview, Hitler's wartime extermination of the Jews. Justice Wilfred Tucker ruled the statements "were revolting, disgusting and untrue," but that Ahenakew lacked the intent to promote hatred. It was a tough decision, but the right one. As the Canadian Jewish Congress conceded, Ahenakew's rant did not meet "the rightly high threshold" required for a hate crime.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A195918826