French court clears comedian of incitement
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A French court cleared comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala of charges connected to a video in which he called for the release of a man who brutally murdered a Jew.
The Correctional Court of Paris acquitted Dieudonne on Feb. 7 in connection with a video that was recorded in April 2010 in which Dieudonne called for the release of Youssouf Fofana, who is serving a life sentence for the 2006 torture and murder of Ilan Halimi. Fofana and more than a dozen accomplices in a gang had abducted Halimi for ransom.
In the video, Dieudonne said Fofana’s incarceration “shows the power of the Jewish lobby,” according to a report by the Le Parisien daily.
Dieudonne was acquitted because the prosecution and police failed to demonstrate that Dieudonne was behind the dissemination of the video — a requirement in prosecutions for incitement of racial hate.
Dieudonne has seven convictions for incitement and owes approximately $100,000 in fines that he has refused to pay, claiming bankruptcy. — jta
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