A man accused of publicly burning an effigy of a Jew (or rather effigy representing George Soros – Admin.) in Poland has been sentenced to ten months in jail.
Piotr Rybak was accused of setting fire to the effigy, dressed in Hasidic Jewish costume, during an anti-immigration demonstration in Wrocław organised by the extreme right wing National Radical Camp (ONR).
Prosecutors requested a community service punishment, but judge Marek Górny instead handed down a fixed jail term – justifying this by noting the severity of the crime. The ruling is yet to be finalised.
The incident happened a year ago, when a small number of nationalists gathered in Wrocław’s main market square. Mr Rybak was caught on camera setting fire to the effigy. In his defence ahead of sentencing, he said that the figure had not been meant to represent a Jew, but Hungarian-American businessman George Soros – who he accused of funding the move of “Islamic immigrants” to Europe.
Mr Rybak said: “I did not intend to offend the Jewish people. I work for the Polish people and in the name of my homeland”.
Judge Górny, however, rejected this explanation, saying that the Soros defence had been invented late in the trial.
He added: “It was not a performance. This effigy, with all the attributes of anti-semitic, Nazi caricatures, represented quite simply a Jew”.
In passing the sentence, the Polish judge said, that anything, but a fixed jail term would encourage others to perpetrate similar crimes.
There was a minor disturbance during the hearing, when Mr Rybak’s supporters began shouting, but they were removed from the chamber by police. (However, the Polish jews present there were shouting hysterically and were not removed – Admin.)
Polish jew shouting hysterically in court:” ARREST HIM !!”
After sentencing, Mr Rybak, declared that he would appeal.
He said: “When a Polish judge issues a judgment against a Polish citizen, I ask – who rules this country?”