Poland's Sejm (Lower house of Parliament)
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A Polish far-right lawmaker who used a fire extinguisher to put out Jewish Hanukkah candles in the country's parliament this past December has been charged with crimes including insulting people on religious grounds, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing Poland’s state news agency PAP.

In January, Poland's parliament voted to remove the immunity from prosecution of the lawmaker, Grzegorz B., from the Confederation party in the wake of the incident.

The lawmaker had disrupted an event with members of the Jewish community, taking an extinguisher before walking across the lobby of the parliament to where the candles were, creating a white cloud and forcing security guards to rush people out of the area.

He then took to the podium in the chamber where he described Hanukkah as "satanic" and said he was restoring "normality". Asked later if he was ashamed of his action, he replied, "Those who take part in acts of satanic worship should be ashamed."

The incident caused an uproar both in Poland and abroad. A poll taken after the incident found that 63% of Poles believe Braun should no longer serve as an MP, while 23% said he should remain in his seat and 14% said they do not have an opinion on the matter.

The lawmaker, who has also made pro-Russian statements in the past, also faced charges in relation to other incidents including dumping a Christmas tree decorated in the colors of the European Union and Ukraine in the bin and damaging a microphone during a talk by a Holocaust historian, according to Reuters.

It was not immediately clear what punishment he might face if found guilty of wrongdoing.