hebden wrote: Forgive us, but we are confused as to what the table showing criminal prosecutions for 'thought crimes' actually represents. We suggest to you that offenses for Holocaust-denial constitute only a small subset of these totals.
You claimed that "In the years from 1994 to 2000 74,000 German citizen were prosecuted for infringement of these laws." These laws presumably being "§130 and §244". Upon reflection, do you wish to stand by your statement?
I noticed that the table has been expanded now to the year 2002 (my copy was an older version and covered the years to 2000) and also shows some more information.
So they are now up to over 94,000 cases in Germany.
A couple of thousand are left wingers, Communists, though.
By far the majority are political right wingers:
»Straftaten mit rechtsextremem Hintergrund«, konkret »Propagandadelikte« und »Volksverhetzung«
(»crimes with right wing extreme background« or »propagandistic derelicts « or »incitement of the people«).
I am not a lawyer and don't understand some of their terminologies too well. But yes, in this case these crimes would be those covered by §130 IMHO.
§244 is in Germany actually the socalled "Offenkundigkeits" (self-evidence) paragraph and is used by the courts to block off any type of Holocaust revisionism.
I don't believe, that all these people were sent to jail though. I assume, that some, maybe most, were only fined.