After being sought by authorities for two years, a French Holocaust denier sentenced under France’s anti-Nazi laws was apprehended in Scotland, according to police on Tuesday.
According to Police Scotland, Vincent Reynouard was detained by French officials on Thursday in Fife, north of Edinburgh, and he appeared before the Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court that same day.
Working with the UK are investigators from France’s office for crimes against humanity and hate crimes.
Officials will follow Reynouard for a while.
Reynouard, 53, has already been found guilty of Holocaust denial, a crime in France.
His most recent conviction was connected to several anti-Semitic social media posts.
In November 2020, he received a four-month sentence, and in January 2021, he received a second six-month sentence.
Reynouard’s extradition is something that France is requesting, according to a French legal authority who declined to elaborate.
A British nonprofit organization called the Campaign Against Antisemitism applauded the arrest and referred to Reynouard as a “despicable Holocaust denier who French courts have repeatedly condemned.”
According to the charity, he resided in the UK and carried out private teaching.
It claimed that his 1991 distribution of flyers debunking the existence of gas chambers at concentration camps led to his first Holocaust denial conviction.