Controversial comedian who’s already been convicted in France, allegedly made further racist & anti-Semitic comments during a show performed in Belgium according to prosecutor, Damien Leboutte.
Controversial French comic Dieudonne should serve six months in jail for alleged racist and anti-Semitic comments he made during a show in Belgium, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
“His show is filled with defamatory and insulting comments which would make anyone want to throw up,” the Belga news agency quoted prosecutor Damien Leboutte as telling a court in the eastern city of Liege.
Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose father is from Cameroon, was not in court.
In March, a French court handed him a two months suspended sentence and fined him heavily for anti-Semitic remarks after he caused uproar by suggesting he sympathized with the attacks against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris.
“I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” he wrote on Facebook, a play on the slogan “Je suis Charlie” that became a global rallying cry against extremism and Amedy Coulibaly, one of the attackers.
The performer, who made his name in a double act with Jewish comedian Elie Semoun, is infamous for his trademark “quenelle” hand gesture that looks like an inverted Nazi salute but which he insists is merely anti-establishment.
French courts have hauled him up over a string of comments which opponents say are bluntly racist while supporters champion his right to free speech, even if it makes for uncomfortable listening.
He was due to appear in a French court Wednesday on charges of inciting racial hatred but that case was adjourned to February at the request of his lawyer.
The Liege case relates to a Dieudonne show there in 2012, and will be heard again on November 25.
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