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Hungary hands over to Germany wanted neo-Nazi evading prison

Associated Press logo Associated Press 13/06/2017
German extreme right political activist and fugitive Horst Mahler, wanted by the German authorities, is guarded by a Hungarian policeman as he waits to be handed over to German police officers at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Hungarian authorities have extradicted Mahler, 81, to the authorities of Germany where he was sentenced to ten years in jail for the denial of Holocaust in 2009. In 2015 he was set free due to health problems and was expected to return to jail early 2017 but he ran away and was finally caught by Hungarian police officers in Sopron, Western Hungary, on Monday, May 15. (Zoltan Mihadak/MTI via AP) © The Associated Press German extreme right political activist and fugitive Horst Mahler, wanted by the German authorities, is guarded by a Hungarian policeman as he waits to be handed over to German police officers at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Hungarian authorities have extradicted Mahler, 81, to the authorities of Germany where he was sentenced to ten years in jail for the denial of Holocaust in 2009. In 2015 he was set free due to health problems and was expected to return to jail early 2017 but he ran away and was finally caught by Hungarian police officers in Sopron, Western Hungary, on Monday, May 15. (Zoltan Mihadak/MTI via AP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian police say they have handed over to German authorities a neo-Nazi who fled Germany to avoid a prison sentence for Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic incitement.

Horst Mahler was detained in the western Hungarian city of Sopron on May 15 based on an international arrest warrant, and a Budapest court ordered his extradition to Germany last week.

Police said Thursday that Mahler was transferred into German custody at Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Airport.

Mahler, 81, was a founding member of the left-wing Red Army Faction militant group. He later turned to the far right and has had numerous neo-Nazi-related convictions.

Mahler fled Germany after being allowed to leave prison two year ago due to serious illness. He was serving a 10-year sentence.

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