Gerald Toben is hardly a pin up boy for liberty. A holocaust denier and it would appear anti-semite. But the fact that he was arrested yesterday by British police, on British soil for a crime that os not on our statute books is just wrong.
He was arrested for the 'crime' of Holocaust Denial. This maybe a crime in many countries on the Continent, but it is not a crime in the UK. He has of course been arrested on the European Arrest Warrent, on a request from a court in Manheim, Germany.
Why should we care about such apparent low life? Well sadly it is the principle. The fact that he is an Austrailian citizen, being arrested in Britain for a crime that apparently took place on the web is neither here nor there. It must be a principle of justice and liberty that you should not be able to be arrested in this way. The Metropolitan Police by acceding to the German Court's wishes are acting like uniformed bounty hunters.
The fact is that this is thought crime, and Her Majesties finest should in no way be rounding people up for what they think.