Far-right Polish lawmaker Grzegorz Braun, who used a fire extinguisher to put out Hannukah candles in Poland’s parliament in December 2023, has now lost immunity from prosecution.
Poland’s parliament has voted to remove immunity from prosecution of lawmaker Grzegorz Braun, who used a fire extinguisher to put out Hanukkah candles in Poland’s parliament in December 2023, reports The Jerusalem Post.
The vote allows prosecutors to press charges against Braun for seven acts committed during 2022 and 2023. His latest move was extinguishing the Hanukkah candles in the parliament and then taking to the podium and describing Hanukkah as „satanic” and saying he was restoring „normality.” Asked later if he was ashamed of his action, he replied: „Those who take part in acts of satanic worship should be ashamed.”
Warsaw District Prosecutor Mariusz Dubowski had told a parliamentary committee that Braun would face charges including destruction of property, violation of bodily integrity, and insulting objects of religious worship.
„There is no reason to protect him using immunity… We know what he did, and it was not acceptable,” said Agnieszka Pomaska, a lawmaker from the largest group in Poland’s coalition government, Civic Coalition (KO).
The largest opposition party, the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS), also voted in favour of removing Braun’s immunity.
Braun rejects the prosecutor’s accusations against claims they are inconsistent with the truth.
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