Anti-Semite French comic Dieudonné given jail sentence in Belgium

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Stand-up comic Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala, who has been previously prosecuted in France for anti-Semitic speech during his shows, was handed a two-month jail sentence and a fine by a Belgian appeals court for anti-Semitic comments during a performance in the country.

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A Belgian court today upheld French comedian Dieudonné’s two-month jail sentence for incitement to hatred over alleged racist and anti-Semitic comments during a show in Belgium, reports the Malay Mail.

Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala, who has faced similar court cases in France, also had his 9,000-euro fine confirmed by the appeals court in the eastern city of Liège, said Eric Lemmens, a lawyer for Belgium’s Jewish organisations.

“The appeals court in Liège upheld the verdict from criminal court in Liège,” Lemmens told AFP.

He said the court warned the comedian he would be sentenced to “three extra months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.” 

It is unlikely Dieudonné will serve any jail time because the Belgian authorities usually do not to enforce short sentences to avoid overcrowding in prison.

But court sources could not immediately be reached to confirm this or say whether he was again absent from the proceedings.  

The lower court ruling in November 2015 convicted Dieudonné of “both incitement to hatred and hate speech but also Holocaust denial” relating to a show in Liège in 2012, Lemmens said at the time.

Read more of this AFP report published by the Malay Mail.

 

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