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Wilders not guilty on all charges

Thursday 23 June 2011

MP Geert Wilders has been cleared of charges of inciting hatred and discrimination by a court in Amsterdam.

The court ruled that some of Wilders' statements were insulting, shocking and on the edge of legal acceptibility, but that they were made in the broad context of a political and social debate on the multi-cultural society.

The chief judge took some 20 minutes to dismiss the charges one by one, speaking in clear, non-legal language. There was applause from the public gallery when he had finished his statement.

The public prosecution department earlier joined Wilders’ legal team in calling for a not-guilty verdict, saying certain statements by the PVV party leader were insulting, but not criminal.

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

The case began on October 4 last year, but collapsed after three weeks when a special legal panel ruled the judges may have shown partiality following a string of legal blunders. New judges were then sworn in and the case was heard again this year.

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Readers' Comments

it's just sad to see the double standards playing part in our society, if that was a muslim who used such language against any other religion or ethnic the results will have been different, but we all know new this will be the case.

By kim | 23 June 2011 9:04 AM

I'm glad for him, but this whole persecution has been a disgrace and never should have happened. It's obvious he is innocent, and I hope now he gets the credit and appreciation he deserves. He has been an epic fighter for a right that belongs to us all. He's been a voice for many, many people . As things have grown to be- everybody's afraid to criticize Islam, and now that nonsense may go away. Islam is no more worthy of special consideration than any other faith; we should be allowed to complain if we want to Geert WAS NOT AFRAID , and we shouldn't be either.

The sad thing is, though, HE is not free yet .

By anonymous | 23 June 2011 9:52 AM

So when I blame the PVV for 9/11 with zero proof and claim that they are setting up a racist caliphate in the Netherlands, I'm in the clear as well?

I guess it's time to print some Osama bin Wilders posters.

By Prince Burnhard | 23 June 2011 10:00 AM

I think it was a mistake to have this trial, but I also think it's good to have a clear ruling.It shows two important things one is that if you feel discriminated against in the Netherlands that you should go to a court of law and not engage in death threats or take the law in your own hands.The second is that mr Wilders has been shown not to be a hate monger and a racist and the other insults thrown at him on a regular basis by his political opponents.Perhaps now we will get a more mature debate on the issues.

By Richard | 23 June 2011 12:29 PM

So If I talk bad about Holland I'm not insulting the Dutch????? is that how it works in the grate proud Dutch nation???

I thought Hitler’s book is prohibited in Holland (to buy, have possession, or any thing from that sort) how and where did Wilders read the book to have a scientific comparison with Muslims book ???? I think he should be prosecuted for that!!!!

Any way that is my opinion and my write to freedom of speach

By Al | 23 June 2011 12:33 PM

The hidden strategy here is called "lawfare." The strategy is to sue anyone who speaks truthfully about Islam so that people will be afraid to talk about it.

By Philster | 23 June 2011 2:56 PM

Being an American that lived in Rotterdam for a few years, let me tell you many of the Muslim people there had NO problems issuing threats and using MUCH worse language towards the USA than the insinuations used by Geert Wilders towards them. The Dutch government gave them permits to do these protest rallies. Free speech is free speech, just don't cause a panic when you exercise your right.

By John | 23 June 2011 3:12 PM

John, the difference is - the USA (Netherlands too usually) has been bombing innocent Muslims for oil and strategic territory non-stop since Cheney's false-flag event of 2001. Now that the states are approaching third-world status, you're saying their victims shouldn't still be upset or what?

By Geert van Leeuwen | 23 June 2011 6:58 PM

John from USA, you are so right! Couldn´t agree with you more.

By SandraV | 23 June 2011 7:16 PM

I'm pleased for Wilders, pleased for Holland, pleased for Europe, and pleased for every civilized country in the world.

By David Catleugh | 25 June 2011 11:08 PM

Since, "Postings which contain racist, sexist or homophobic language or which insult other correspondents will not be published" it's obvious that there is still no free speech in spite of the trial' outcome.

By John Montanez | 27 June 2011 4:13 PM

Great victory for free speech and sanity! What is sad are all the favorable comments for hateful, vile islam made by the clueless!

By James | 27 June 2011 4:59 PM

How outrageous that Wilders statements, which are obvious to all and obviously a matter for anyone to express if they feel Muslims are usurping privilege and packing hatred, violence and bigotry in their bags as they enter a country, while crying for political, economic and social assistance. Holland opens it's doors and ends up being attacked by the guests at it's table. Who can blame Wilders and those democrats who find abuse difficult to stomach. That anyone would trest his right to express his opinions is outrageous. A victory for free speech, but a silly and abusive issue to even consider legally!!

By Brian Beachman | 27 June 2011 5:19 PM

It is always a great day when, when freedom wins. It is a win for all free nations. The Islam nation is trying our patients. With this distraction they think because enough crape is thrown out some may stick. Well our God is the only True God and he always will win because he is truth and the light.

By Carol | 27 June 2011 6:00 PM

Geert van Leeuwan, Get your facts straight......anyone who thinks the USA is bombing the Middle East for oil needs to come back to reality. While I agree we have some very bad financial problems, mainly because of the Socialist Left Progressive Democrats and their welfare state (alot like most of Europe), don't be celebrating yet.......the USA will recover and remain the most powerful, inovated, free society the world has ever known.
Eurabia will fall backwards and be ruled by the Islamist........then you'll beg us to come and bomb your enemies.

By Bruce Entwistle | 27 June 2011 7:18 PM

Where did Geert get his economics degree from stating the U.S. was a 3rd world status holder? I'm guessing it was one of those on-line or mail in Universities! As for the muslims....if you don't like to hear your faith scrutinized from people of different religions then move back to a muslim country! I for one think it's the anti-christ...guess we will all find out someday, however my religion doesn't ask me to convert others to it or kill them as theirs does so I'm thinking that it will be extremely HOT where your going!

By ProudAmerican | 27 June 2011 8:38 PM

Al, " So if I talk bad about Holland ,I'm not insulting the Dutch?" Wilders was not insulting Islam, he was mearly quoting from Quran and Hadiths and NOTHING from himself. Can You NOT understand that? Like me now telling you that "mohammad at the age of 52 marrying 6 years old girl Aisha." Those are the facts.You may not like it.
" Any way that is my opinion and write( should spell 'right') to the freedom of speech" Of course you have all the right to freedom of speech. because you are in a civilized Western country. and had you been in one of a Islamic country your head would role off.

By skai | 27 June 2011 11:51 PM

Way to go netherlands. Still looking for a muslim country where a Christian, Hindu. Buddhist, Jew or any other religion can protest on behalf of itself. When will the so called moderate muslims stand up and be counted by advocating against the violence of the Juhadists, too scared I think!!

By Mike Smith | 28 June 2011 12:55 AM

It is an important step in efforts to prevent replacement of European juidicial system with Shariah law

By Mark | 28 June 2011 2:19 AM

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