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Warsaw prosecutor ceases probe into anti-Semitic forum entries

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July 5, 2012 | 10:19 am

Radoslaw Sikorski in 2008. Photo by Harald Dettenborn

Radoslaw Sikorski in 2008. Photo by Harald Dettenborn

The Warsaw Prosecutor’s Office is discontinuing an investigation into anti-Semitic entries on Polish online forums.

The investigation, which ended Tuesday, had been undertaken at the request of Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski. The prosecutor’s office concluded that there was no “public interest” requiring the office to prosecute the perpetrators.

In April 2011, Sikorski informed the prosecutor of the suspected offense of promoting anti-Semitic content on the online forums of several Polish newspapers. Sikorski called on Attorney General Andrzej Seremet to prosecute the writers of the anti-Semitic and racist online entries.

Examples of some of the entries include “Hitler started, we will finish. Into the oven, Jews, into the oven,” and “Radoslaw Sikorski—the husband of the Orthodox Jewish American, the enemy of real Poles, American agent and a Mason, remote-controlled by his father-in-law, the chief garlic of New York.”

Sikorski is married to Anne Applebaum, an American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

“Mr. Sikorski has a professional lawyer and may prosecute the perpetrators with private prosecution,” said Dariusz Slepokura, a spokesman for the Warsaw Prosecutor’s Office.

Sikorski’s lawyer appealed the decision.

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