Europe lifts Vanhecke's immunity

19th November 2008, Comments 1 comment

The motion was passed with a large majority voting in favour of lifting the immunity.

19 November 2008

The European Parliament has, as expected, voted to lift the parliamentary immunity of Frank Vanhecke of the extreme rightwing Vlaams Belang party. The motion was passed with a large majority voting in favour of lifting the immunity.

Judicial authorities of Dendermonde (East Flanders) want to take legal action against Frank Vanhecke as he is responsible for publishing the Vlaams Belang party newspaper.

The Vlaams Belang publication contained an item on vandalism at a cemetery in Sint Niklaas (also in East Flanders). The publication wrongly alleged that the vandalism was the work of Muslim youngsters.  This was not the case.

Now that the European Parliament has lifted Frank Vanhecke's parliamentary immunity, he can be taken to court on charges of racism. If he is found  guilty, he could lose his political rights for a period of five years.

Frank Vanhecke is the chairman of Vlaams Belang. He is a Belgian MEP and currently a member of the Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty group of the European Parliament.

The European Parliament voted 564 for and 61 against with 42 abstentions.

Mr Van Hecke says he ensured the article was corrected and called the vote to lift his immunity "a political lynching."

( 2008)

1 Comment To This Article

  • Garry Able posted:

    on 20th November 2008, 14:12:40 - Reply

    This is totally outrageous. The leftist press constantly makes false claims, but these do not result in such drastic political consequences. For example, a group of muslim youth attacked people in a festival tent in Germany for no reason. It was then alleged in the press that the perpetrators were Neo-Nazis, although this was patently false.

    I have a good friend who was attacked by Antifa during a demonstration against the Islamification of Europe. He was of Jewish background and has a mediterranean appearance. The press then reported that "rightwingers" had attacked a "Turkish man".

    Where are the sanctions in these cases? Will anyone lose their "immunity" and be prosecuted? Absolutely disgusting hypocrisy. Europe is become increasingly totalitarian!