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EU lawmakers vote to lift Marine Le Pen's immunity
15:25, 1 March 2017
EU lawmakers vote to lift Marine Le Pen's immunity

EU lawmakers vote to strip Le Pen of immunity for tweeting pictures of ISIS violence

15:25, 1 March 2017
Reuters

European Union lawmakers "overwhelmingly" voted on Tuesday to lift the EU parliamentary immunity of French presidential candidate and a member of the European parliament Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State violence, reports Reuters.

It is also stated that Le Pen is under investigation in France for posting three graphic images of IS executions on Twitter in 2015, including the beheading of the United States journalist James Foley.

Related: French prosecution opened investigation against presidential candidate Fillon

Le Pen's immunity shields her from prosecution; lifting it would permit legal action against her. The offense being considered is "publishing violent images," which under certain circumstances can carry a penalty of three years in prison and a fine of $79,650.

Related: French Foreign Minister accused Russia of cyber attacks on mechanisms of presidential election

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