BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has lifted the immunity of four rightwing Polish MEPs over alleged crimes to incite hatred against Muslim immigrants during a 2018 municipal electoral campaign.

The vote, on Thursday stripped the parliamentary immunity of Patryk Jaki, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Beata Mazurek, and Beata Kempa.

Polish ruling party chairman Jarosław Kaczyński has in the past claimed refugees from the Middle East could bring diseases and parasites to Poland.