Jacek M., a former priest, was sentenced by a court to one year of restriction of liberty. M. – for insulting and inciting hatred on the basis of national and religious differences against people of Jewish and Ukrainian nationality – is to perform social work. The press office of the District Court in Wrocław informed about the verdict.
The judgment in the case of Jacek M. and Mateusz G. was handed down before the District Court for Wrocław-Śródmieście. The accused were sentenced to restriction of liberty.
The prosecutor’s office accused the men of committing the crimes on November 11, 2017 in Wrocław during a demonstration on the occasion of Independence Day.
30 hours of community service a month. For a year
As reported, Jacek M. was accused of publicly insulting and inciting hatred against people of Jewish and Ukrainian nationality during the assembly on the occasion of Independence Day on November 11, 2017 in Wrocław. As the prosecutor’s office argued, M. proclaimed content aimed at provoking hostility, insult and constituting threats against two national groups, in particular using the phrases: “the fact that synagogues can stand here, on our Polish soil in Wrocław, is that Dutkiewicz and Jews can become into them, intoxicating with Talmudic hatred, this is only the result of our tolerance bordering on the lack of prudence “,” propaganda tubes straight from the tube that is next to us, the Jewish-Ukrainian Szechter called Michnik “,” the Jewish, Marxist horde “. As stated in the announcement, the court found Jacek M. guilty of committing the act described in point II of the introductory part of the judgment, which constituted a crime, however it eliminated the wording “and constituting threats” from the description of the act. The court sentenced him to one year of restriction of liberty, consisting in performing unpaid, controlled work for social purposes for 30 hours a month.
The second of the defendants was sentenced to six months’ restriction of liberty
Matthew G. was accused of publicly inciting sectarian hatred against Muslims during the rally, in particular by using the phrase: “We do not want Islam. We want to be banned, this is not a religion.” The court sentenced him to six months’ restriction of liberty, consisting in performing unpaid, controlled work for social purposes for 30 hours a month. The judgment is not final.
Former priest, leader of the marches of nationalists
M. – while still a priest – became known for his sympathy for the National-Radical Camp and controversial statements praising national Catholic radicalism. He was banned from public speaking by his superiors, and in September 2016 he ceased to be a priest.
As a lay person, Jacek M. was the leader of the nationalist community in Wrocław. Every year he led the marches that crossed the streets of the capital of Lower Silesia on November 11.
Main photo source: PAP / Jan Karwowski