French comedian Dieudonné jailed for questioning the Holocaust


French comedian Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala has been jailed for two months after questioning the existence of the Nazi gas chambers during a stand-up performance.

Dieudonné was found guilty of incitement to hatred after also calling Adolf Hitler a “sweet kid” and a “joyful braggart” in front of a crowd of a 1,000 in the Belgian city of Liege in 2012, and was also fined €9,000 (£6,300).

As well as publicly doubting whether the gas chambers of the Holocaust were real, he also called the Talmud a “s*** book” during the performance, which was recorded by police.

Eric Lemmens, a lawyer for Jewish organisations in Belgium, said that the judge also ordered Dieudonné to publish the ruling in two main national Belgian newspapers, adding that it was “a major victory.”

Though this is the first time the French comedian - who was not in court - has been jailed, he was handed a two-month suspended sentence earlier this year for likening himself to a Paris terrorist.

Shortly after the attacks on a kosher supermarket and Charlie Hebdo in January, he posted a video of himself on Facebook saying “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly.”

He also received a €10,000 (£7,000) fine in 2009 for inviting a Holocaust-denier on stage and using what the court called “racist insults.”

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