French investigation will focus on charges of defending war crimes, promoting racial hatred, wearing the uniform of an organisation that carried out crimes against humanity
French news agency AFP reports that prosecutors have opened a formal probe into a Nazi-themed stag party attended by Tory MP Aiden Burley that led to him losing his post as a parliamentary aide.
A preliminary investigation was launched in December after a complaint from a French anti-racism group, and local prosecutor Patrick Quincy said authorities were now moving forward with a full official investigation.
The Cannock Chase MP, who chairs the anti-union group TURC, has apologised for the incidents during a drunken night out by a group of British men in the French Alpine ski resort of Val Thorens.
The Trade Union Reform Campaign is lobbying for an end to facility time, the scrapping of the Trade Union Modernisation and Learning funds, and demands ‘accountability and transparency’ about trade union money.
The French 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 was sacked from his job as a parliamentary private secretary to Transport Secretary Justine Greening after the publication of pictures and video taken at the stag party. Aiden Burley was photographed sitting next to the groom-to-be, 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.
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