Crime & Safety,
November 30th, 2011
By John Rudolf
David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, white supremacist and Louisiana politician, was arrested and taken into custody in Cologne on Friday, prior to a planned speech to a right-wing extremist group, German police said Monday.
The statement by the Cologne police department said that Duke, 61, is “obliged to leave German territory without delay.” In a message on his website, Duke said he had been released from jail and requested financial assistance from his followers to fight the deportation.
“To fight this case will cost a lot of money, time and effort,” he wrote.
The arrest appears to be tied to Duke’s expulsion from the Czech Republic in 2009, following his detention there on suspicion of denying the Holocaust, a crime in many European countries, including Germany. The Cologne police statement said that Duke “was not entitled to stay in Germany” because of a travel ban against him in another, unspecified European country.