Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has been sentenced to two months in jail by a Belgian court.
Dieudonne had already been fined €9,000 ($9,500, £6,300), BBC reported. He faced similar charges in France as well.
After the terrorist attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, French lawmakers exalted the principles of free speech, which seems to fly in the face of Dieudonne’s charges.
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The Belgian government viewed Dieudonne’s successful prosecution as a major success:
The Belgian court’s judgement on Wednesday said that “all the accusations against Dieudonne were established – both incitement to hatred and hate speech but also Holocaust denial”.
Eric Lemmens, a lawyer for Belgium’s Jewish organisations, said the guilty verdict was a “major victory”.
Earlier this month the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Dieudonne in a separate case. It judged that freedom of speech did not mean his performances could be racist or anti-Semitic.
“I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” Dieudonne wrote on Facebook, a play on the slogan “Je suis Charlie” in a reference to one of the Charlie Hebdo attackers.