AN IRISH tourist has been charged after causing criminal damage at Auschwitz, the former Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
The man scratched his name on a barrack wall at the camp, reports RTÉ News.
He was detained by security staff before being taken to a police station in nearby Oświęcim, where he was charged.
The man admitted defacing the memorial, with Radio Poland reporting that he thought it was the right thing to do after seeing others do the same.
Under Article 335 of the Polish Code of Criminal Procedure, the tourist agreed to a punishment that will be made public at a later hearing, which he is not required to attend.
Article 335 allows prosecutors and offenders to consensually resolve criminal proceedings quickly by accepting a conviction without trial.
Around 1.3million people were sent to the concentration camp between 1942 and 1944.
Of those, around 1.1million died there, with 90 per cent of those being Jews.