Poland Holocaust Law: Government U-Turn on Jail Threat

(From BBC News)

When Poland made it a criminal offence this year to accuse it of complicity in Nazi war crimes, there was an outcry in Europe, Israel and the US.

Anyone found guilty could face up to three years in jail.

Five months later, the right-wing prime minister has moved to change the law to decriminalise the offence, describing it as a “correction”.

An amendment to the Holocaust law was quickly backed by the lower house of parliament and now moves to the Senate.

The law had been intended to “defend the good name of Poland” but from now on it would be a civil, not a criminal offence, the head of prime minister’s office, Michal Dworczyk, told public radio.

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