June 13, 2014 4:23 am

Holocaust-denying Alberta teacher Jim Keegstra dead at 80

Former Eckville, Alberta teacher Jim Keegstra (left ) leaves the Red Deer courthouse with his lawyer Doug Christie and a legal assistant, Red Deer Alta., April 9, 1985.

CP Photo

RED DEER, Alta. – Jim Keegstra, a holocaust denier and former high school teacher in Eckville, Alta., has died at the age of 80.

The Red Deer Advocate reported late Thursday that Keegstra died June 2.

In 1981, Keegstra was warned by a district school superintendent to stop teaching Jewish conspiracy theory as if it were fact.

But Keegstra was fired the following year, and in 1984, was charged with wilfully promoting hatred against an identifiable group.

Keegstra was convicted in 1985, but the Alberta Court of Appeal overturned the conviction until it was restored by the Supreme Court of Canada in late 1990.

That set the stage for a retrial, and in 1992, a jury convicted Keegstra and he was fined $3,000.

Global News

© The Canadian Press, 2014

Report an error

Comments