VERDICT EXPECTED TODAY IN TRIAL OF MONTREAL MAN CHARGED WITH PROMOTING HATRED

Jan 23, 2023

By Jeremy Logan

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A Quebec court judge is scheduled to deliver his verdict in the trial of a Montreal man accused of promoting hatred against Jews.

Gabriel Sohier Chaput is charged with willfully promoting hatred in connection with an 2017 article he wrote for neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, one of hundreds he wrote for the site.

The 36-year-old has acknowledged authorship of the majority of the piece, including a call for “non-stop Nazism, everywhere,” but claims that an editor added some of the more offensive phrases.

Closing arguments in the trial began in July, but several additional hearings have been held as the defence and the prosecution have debated what facts can be accepted as true by the judge without calling an expert witness.

The prosecution’s case, according to the defence, has not sufficiently established the connection between Nazi philosophy and the Holocaust.

The prosecution has argued the link between Nazism and the murder of millions of Jews during the Second World War is so well-known and generally-accepted that the judge should be able to accept it as fact without further evidence.

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