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        1/23/2014, Shevat 22, 5774

      Dieudonne Arrested for Dodging Anti-Semitism Fines

      The Australian Jewish News reports the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has been arrested for allegedly assaulting court officers who came to his home with notices  for payments due on fines for inciting hatred against Jews.

      Dieudonne, who owes nearly $100,000 for several hate speech convictions, says AJN, was arrested on Tuesday night, according to a report by the French news agency AFP. He is suspected of firing plastic projectiles at the bailiffs.

      For his part, Dieudonne “denied ever being present at the site or discharging the projectiles,” prosecutor Patrice Ollivier-Maurel wrote in a statement obtained by AFP. AJN adds the bailiff who filed the complaint that led to the arrest did not identify Dieudonne as the perpetrator.