French comic convicted in Belgium for anti-Semitic jokes

By REUTERS
November 25, 2015 18:52

BRUSSELS - A Belgian court sentenced controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala on Wednesday to two months in prison and a 9,000 euro ($9,534) fine for making anti-Semitic jokes during a comedy show in 2012.

Dieudonne, known for his use of jokes based on ethnic stereotypes, has repeatedly been convicted of racism in France and fined for hate speech. He insists he is not anti-Semitic.

The court in Liege found the comedian, known by the stage name Dieudonne, had spread racist ideas by making discriminatory, anti-Semitic and holocaust-denying remarks in the 2012 gig in nearby Herstal, a court spokeswoman said.

He was not in court on Wednesday.


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