Budapest - A Budapest court has sentenced a Hungarian man to three years' probation because he publicly denied that the Holocaust happened.
The case stems from a June 2012 speech in which Ferenc Oroshazi read excerpts from Fatelessness, a book by Hungarian Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertesz, and said they proved that the Holocaust didn't happen.
Oroshazi was present only at the start of Thursday's court session and left after saying he didn't accept the legitimacy of Hungary's Basic Law, as the Constitution is now called, while also refusing to recognize the authorities' right to put him on trial.
Oroshazi also rejected the court's conclusion that he was "mildly incapacitated" when he made his speech.
Oroshazi's lawyer appealed the verdict, asking for his client's acquittal.