Polish far-right MP who attacked Hanukkah candles stripped of immunity from prosecution

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01/17/2024

Parliament has voted to remove the legal immunity of Grzegorz Braun, the far-right MP who last month attacked a Jewish religious celebration. Every main parliamentary group other than Braun’s own Confederation (Konfederacja) supported the move. Prosecutors want to bring seven charges against Braun, who has a long history of controversial statements and actions, including promoting various conspiracy theories regarding Jews, LGBT people and the coronavirus pandemic. Two of the charges relate to the incident in December when Braun used a fire extinguisher to put out candles that had just been lit to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. One of those charges is for the crime of “insulting an object of religious worship”, which carries a potential prison sentence of up to two years.

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