French Comedian Dieudonne Sentenced to Two Months in Prison for anti-Semitic Comments

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French comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala speaks to the media during a press conference in a theater in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Credit: AP

Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala has been sentenced to two months in prison for questioning the Holocaust during a 2012 performance in Liege, Belgium.

According to the Jewish Chronicle, a judge found Dieudonne guilty of incitement to hatred and fined him 9,000 Euros (about $9,530). He also ordered Dieudonne to publish the ruling in two main national Belgian newspapers. Dieudonne was not present in court during the sentencing.

The comic, who has a long record of anti-Semitic comments and Holocaust denial, reportedly called Hitler a "sweet kid" and a "joyful braggart" at the Liege performance, in front of approximately 1,000 people.

Dieudonne was handed a two-month suspended sentence in France earlier this year for likening himself to one of the terrorists behind the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. This is the first time, however, the notorious comedian has been jailed over his anti-Semitic comments.

Earlier this month, the European Court of Human Rights rejected Dieudonne's claims that his right to speak freely was denied when he was convicted and fined in France for insulting Jews. The court said Dieudonne could not claim the protection of free speech guarantees in the European Convention on Human Rights. 

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