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Wilders faces arrest by Jordan over Fitna

Friday 20 June 2008

The maker of the controversial anti-Muslim film Fitna, MP Geert Wilders, is afraid that he might be arrested while travelling abroad following a ruling by a court in Jordan earlier this week, reports Friday’s Volkskrant.

A group calling itself The Messenger of Allah Unites Us has called for an international arrest warrant against Wilders accusing him of racism, inciting hatred and insulting Islam and Muslims, reports the paper.

The group was also behind a call for a boycott of Dutch products in Jordan earlier this year. A spokesman for the foreign affairs ministry told the Telegraaf that the court had not yet issued a warrant for the arrest of Wilders, founder of the anti-immigration party PVV.

However, foreign affairs minister Maxime Verhagen is aware of the possibility that Wilders may be arrested and has ordered an analysis of the risks the MP faces.

One option would be for Amman to ask Interpol to issue an international arrest warrant, the paper says. But more likely would be for Jordan to ask foreign countries which Wilders may visit to arrest and deport the MP.

The anti-terrorism coordinator is also aware of the situation and is ‘fortunately taking it very seriously’, Wilders told the Volkskrant. The risk of arrest limits his freedom of movement ‘hugely’ and makes it impossible to carry out his work as an MP, Wilders says.

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Readers' comments (8)

For which charges Interpol can arrest him? The Dutch autorities have to convince Jordan not to do that because it was no crime committed by Wilders. Wilders can travel and nobody can arrest him. he did nothing wrong in the eyes of Justice. The Jordanian Justice have to learn about Freedom of Speech. The Netherland have to send some judges to teach Jordnian judges in Amman.Easy solution no ?

By AT | June 20, 2008 5:31 PM

The one who tries to incite terrorism is also a more serious terrorist.

By Bimalesh | June 20, 2008 10:28 PM

Inciting racial hatred is a criminal offence as far as I know. Just as Wilders has the 'right' to spout drivel, so does Jordan have the 'right' to ask if this breaks international law.

There is far too much talk of rights, and never enough talk of (social) responsibilities: if Wilders had respected the latter, none of this would have come to pass.

By Sharon | June 22, 2008 9:53 AM

Presumably, since the article mentions "Fitna," this is the cause of Jordan's concern. But realistically, Mr. Wilders' expose of Islam says nothing the Islamic extremists haven't already said 100 times over. If Jordan wishes to enforce "hate speech" laws (whatever that might mean), they need not go as far as the Netherlands to seek offenders.

By John | June 23, 2008 7:11 AM

Who really cares what Jordan thinks? Do they matter? What significance do they have in world trade, the world economy, or world politics? I'm offended that people are making a mountain out of a molehill. Who can I have arrested for offending me???

By Tim Lee | June 23, 2008 1:52 PM

what is not crime here maybe it is crime their, freedom dont means to hurt other feelings, religion something Sacred. I think Mr.Wilders put him self in a problem.

By jojo | June 24, 2008 7:16 AM

what did Wilders gain from this freedom?
nothing.. he made a bad reputation for our country,Threatened
our economy by Boycott. and he is wanted now.

freedom = Responsibility
no need to hurt others feeling.just respect them.

By walls | June 24, 2008 10:55 PM

Sharon: since when is Muslim a race ? Even if Wilders has insulted Islam, which in my opinion he has not, he would not have "incited racial hatred". BTW, "hate speech" is not a criminal offense in a lot of countries. As Wilders commited the "crime" in a jurisdiction that obviously sees no reason to prosecute him, why would any civilized country act on a Jordan arrest warrant or Interpol issue such a warrant, for that matter ?

By Paul | June 25, 2008 11:22 AM

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