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Prosecution says Wilders not guilty on all counts - Update

Friday 15 October 2010

The public prosecution department on Friday afternoon stated that Geert Wilders is not guilty of discriminating against Muslims and urged judges to find him not guilty.

Earlier on Friday the department said he should also be found not guilty of inciting hatred against Muslims.

Prosecutors Birgit van Roessel and Paul Velleman said they reached their conclusions after a careful reading of interviews with and articles by the anti-Islam politician and a viewing of his anti-Koran film Fitna.

They said comments about banning the Koran can be discriminatory, but because Wilders wants to pursue a ban on democratic lines, there is no question of incitement to discrimination 'as laid down in law'.

On the comparison of the Koran with Mein Kampf, the prosecutors said the comparison was 'crude but that did not make it punishable'.

Dealing earlier on Friday with incitement to hatred, Van Roessel and Velleman said some comments could incite hatred against Muslims if taken out of context, but if the complete text is considered, it can be seen that Wilders is against the growing influence of Islam and not against Muslims per sé.

On Tuesday, the prosecutors said the MP should not be found guilty of group insult.

The public prosecution department was forced to take the case by the high court after anti-racism campaigners protested at its refusal to prosecute Wilders.

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Readers' comments (6)

At last some sanity in dutch politics. Maybe now they will read what he says with their eyes and not with their mouths.

By alanposting | October 16, 2010 7:53 AM

waow, so the bottom line is:
u can insult ppl, and spread hatred and discrimination, as long as it's a democratic way.
we as a human civilization managed to take something as noble as democracy and change it into a weapon to attack each other, and here's the good news " u can get away with it".
I'm speechless...

By jimmy | October 17, 2010 11:17 AM

I can just see the orchestraters of this rash of anti Islamic sentiment rubbing their scaly Zionist hands together as they laugh at how successful they have been.

By Japie | October 17, 2010 12:31 PM

I guess this will set a legal precedent for freedom of speech in the Netherlands and they will also abolish laws for insulting the monarchy and civil servants.

By Quest | October 17, 2010 1:48 PM

If anything he said was against the Israelis, then it would have been a global outrage! Anything said against Muslims is obviously acceptable

By hmmmm | October 17, 2010 4:07 PM

And how much did this fiasco cost the government?? What a waste of time and money!!

By Howard de Barfield | October 18, 2010 12:02 AM

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