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Find Wilders not guilty of inciting hatred, says prosecution

Wednesday 25 May 2011

The public prosecution department on Wednesday called for PVV leader Gert Wilders to be found not guilty of inciting hatred, as it tied up its case against the MP.

Prosecutors say Wilders' remarks are critical of Islam which is not the same as inciting hatred against muslims themselves.

Earlier in the day the prosecutors said Wilders' should be found not guilty of insulting a group because he has not stated any conclusions about muslims. Instead he has merely criticised their religion, the prosecutors said.


The decision to call on judges to find Wilders not guilty follows on from fact the department did not want to take the PVV leader to court in the first place.

However, it was forced to do so by the appeal court following protests from a number of ethnic minority groups.

The final charge against Wilders, incitement to discrimination, will be discussed later today.

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Readers' comments (14)

Why does the judge ignore this request? If even the prosecution is saying to find Wilders not guilty then this should prove once and for all that this case should have been thrown out long ago! As a matter of fact it should have never been brought up to begin with!

By SandraV | May 26, 2011 7:34 AM

The entire idea is that the law is followed and it is the Courts not the Prosecution that controls the law.

It is feasible that even though the Prosecution may succumb to avoiding the issue and wants the case to lose, the Court will force the evidence and facts to be presented regardless and if the law says he is guilty he will be found so.

What is suspect is that the defence did not want the case to go to court but rather tried to attack the legal process which is like saying "I am above the law" rather than taking the high road and say I am not afraid of facts and evidence which will prove me innocent.

By Donny vdH | May 26, 2011 10:41 AM

What a farce....a complete waste of time, energy and not to mention, my taxes!!

By Stunned | May 26, 2011 12:23 PM

As far as I'm concerned, Blondie can say what he wants. I'd rather know exactly what he thinks than have it censored.

However, he has no right to try to stop others doing and saying what they want too. It's freedom of speech for all, or for nobody.

By CW | May 26, 2011 1:52 PM

The prosecution want him found not guilty?
Do they think they're the defence?
This could only happen in the Netherlands!

By Donaugh | May 26, 2011 2:44 PM

It's good to see that someone on the government side of this case actually has a brain.

By Sam | May 26, 2011 2:56 PM

The prosecution is correct and if the judge finds it otherwise, then the judge should be thrown out as he is showing prejudice in this case.

By Anna | May 26, 2011 5:05 PM

The law under which Wilders is being tried is so broad and vague that anyone can claim hate speech if he is offended by anything anyone says. In fact, as an American I take offense to many things said in Europe about the US and Americans. Can I assert, as some Muslims have done with Wilders, that I am the victim of hate speech? Moreover, since Islamic law (shariah), divides people according to religion and sex, anyone who promotes it should be guilty of hate speech. Shariah is a racist equivalent ideology. Will the Netherlands prosecute those who advocate shariah?

By John | May 26, 2011 6:44 PM

There is no reason to prosecute in the beginning. He was simply excersizing freedom of speech.

By vb | May 26, 2011 7:22 PM

Let him off now; give him enough rope to proverbially hang himself, as he will invariably do. Wait, turn down the heat & simmer: he will melt like Verdonk did, or be back in court with indisputable evidence of racism. He's not smart enough to tone it down, too powerhungry to not accept former thugs and fraudsters as bedmates.
It's too soon to set a precident which would grant him a 'get out of jail' card in future. The Dutch public aren't stupid enough to elect him outright. It's been blissfully quiet while he's been on his most mature behaviour though: media will have a field day when he thinks he's free to shout his bigotted mouth off again :/

By osita | May 26, 2011 8:27 PM

I am not always agreeing with Geert Wilders philosophies! But I am glad to hear that the public prosecution department decided to find him not guilty of inciting hatred! This is a victory for the freedom of speech in the Netherlands! Hope that Wilders also learns to accept this from others when verbally attacked!

By R.A.D. | May 26, 2011 9:07 PM

The prosecution clearly realized that this trial backfired. They rushed into calling him a racist hater, but then realize people are waking up for that kind fake victimization of islam. But justice is justice and should go all the way... which is finding him not guilty!

By tuare | May 26, 2011 10:47 PM

Speaking as a Muslim...I could not care less what Wilders says and I agree this is a complete waste of tax payers money (including mine). Worse has been said about religions everywhere. The point here is whether high profile Government representatives should stoop so low and not act professionally and ethically when doing their job. Lets be honest, he has put his foot in it regularly since taking office and will continue to do so.

By Saladin | May 27, 2011 9:22 AM

The prosecutor's department did not want to take this case in the first place, but the corrupt judiciary insisted. When one of the judges was caught in egregious behavior -- trying to influence a witness for the defense at a dinner party he hosted -- the superior court decided to replace him and start the trial over, despite the prosecutors continuing to insist there is no cause to try MP Wilders.

In America we have the idea that the Dutch are a tolerant and open people. We find the court's behavior appalling, the kind of thing done in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia where there is nothing more than a pretense of justice.

By Jennifer | May 27, 2011 10:27 PM

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