Notorious anti-Semite Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has been arrested over espousing sentiments that seemed to sympathize with the terrorists behind last week’s Charlie Hebdo attack.

Police launched an investigation into the controversial French comedian on Sunday after he wrote a message on Facebook in which he appeared to sympathise with Amely Coulibaly, who was allegedly involved in the spate of shootings that occurred in France in the days after the attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine last week.

Dieudonne was taken into custody on Wednesday accused of publicly supporting terrorism, and his lawyer, Jacques Verdier, has insisted the star is innocent of the charge.

Prior to his arrest, Dieudonne, issued a statement which reads, “Since the beginning of last year, I have been treated as public enemy number one, when all I try to do is make people laugh, and laugh about death, because death laughs at us all, as Charlie (Hebdo staff) knows now, unfortunately.”

Dieudonne gained notoriety in recent years for his controversial remarks and has been fined by authorities on a number of occasions.

He has been charged with anti-Semitic incitement on several occasions and is credited as the creator of the “quenuelle,” the modern day Nazi salute.