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Hate charge against musician Bob Dylan dismissed in France

Published on Apr 16, 2014 3:29 AM
 
Bob Dylan performing at the Marina Promenade on April 15, 2011. A Paris court on Tuesday dismissed a case against him on charges of incitement to hatred after he was quoted allegedly comparing Croats to Nazis. -- FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN WONG 

PARIS (AFP) - A Paris court on Tuesday dismissed a case against singer Bob Dylan on charges of incitement to hatred filed after he was quoted allegedly comparing Croats to Nazis, his lawyer said.

The legendary American musician was preliminarily charged with the offence in November after comments made to Rolling Stone magazine in a 2012 interview sparked a complaint from the Council of Croats in France (CRICCF).

"If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood," Mr Dylan was quoted as saying in answer to a question about race relations in the United States.

The judge ruled the 72-year-old musician had not given his consent for his comments to be published in the French-language edition of Rolling Stone, which was the basis of CRICCF's complaint.

 
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