June 27, 2018 / 4:29 PM / in 10 months

Polish president signs changes softening Holocaust law

FILE PHOTO: Poland's president Andrzej Duda delivers a statement refusing to sign the bill stripping the rank of members of the communist military council, that imposed martial law in Warsaw, Poland, March 30, 2018. Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir Kaminski/ via REUTERS

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda signed on Wednesday changes in the Holocaust law, removing jail penalties for suggesting the nation was complicit in Nazi crimes, the presidential chancellery said.

Earlier on Wednesday, in an unexpected u-turn, parliament introduced the changes in an emergency session, hours after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki asked it to amend the four-month-old law that had angered the United States and Israel.

Reporting by Pawel Sobczak

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