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France probes Nazi-themed party

2012-02-15 20:46

Grenoble - French prosecutors said on Wednesday they had opened a formal probe into a Nazi-themed party attended by a British Conservative lawmaker that led to him losing his post as a parliamentary aide.

The MP, Aidan Burley, has repeatedly apologised for the incidents during a drunken night out by a group of British men in the French Alpine ski resort of Val Thorens.

A preliminary investigation was launched in December after a complaint from a French anti-racism group, and local prosecutor Patrick Quincy told AFP that authorities were now moving forward with a full official investigation.

The investigation will focus on charges of defending war crimes or crimes against humanity, promoting racial hatred, wearing the uniform of an organisation that carried out crimes against humanity and making racist insults, Quincy said.

Burley, 33, was sacked from his job as a parliamentary private secretary to Transport Secretary Justine Greening after pictures and video taken at the stag party were published in the British press.

Burley, a lawmaker from Prime Minister David Cameron's centre-right Conservatives, represents Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, central England.

British stag parties, held before a man gets married, are typically jovial, boozy nights out, often with the groom-to-be in embarrassing fancy dress.

Burley was photographed sitting next to the stag, who was wearing the black uniform of a World War II-era German SS officer.

A video showed a guest raising a toast to the Third Reich at the party and reports said the group had later chanted "Mein Fuehrer!" and the names of Nazis Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Eichmann, who were responsible for the Holocaust.

The Conservative Party said in a statement that Burley was removed from his post because of his "offensive and foolish" behaviour at the party.

In a statement after the incident, Burley voiced his "deepest regret" and insisted: "I have no sympathies whatsoever with Nazism, racism, or fascism."

Comments
  • Chabi - 2012-02-15 21:31

    STFU.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-02-15 23:16

    Offensive? maybe, charges? WTF. It was a bulls night...no one got killed. GET OVER IT !!

      Modefan - 2012-02-16 08:17

      The holocaust makes appartheid look like sunday school...I dont think anyone up there will 'get over it'

  • Enlightened - 2012-02-16 09:23

    Would it have been ok if it had been a communist themed party? Whilst the National Socialists stand accused of killing 6 million Jews, communists have murdered well over 100 million of their own people in order to implement this system. the figures are openly available, to list but a few you may check on Soviet Union,entire eastern European block, Cambodia,China, Vietnam and Cuba. I sometimes wonder about this whole thing, whether some group is not sitting behind it making a lot of money. I also find it strange that holocaust revisionism is punishable by jail in many countries yet, the genocides commited by communism, well, who cares. Is this normal? Before anyone jumps up as shouts: your'e a Nazi. No I'm not. Please don't give me some conspiracy theory reply, just check the figures and make some sense of it. If you can, please let me know

      Fidel - 2012-02-16 09:43

      Read Norman Fickelstein's "Holocaust Industry". It is available in pdf format online.

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