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Rapper faces new trial for threatening PVV leader Geert Wilders

Tuesday 22 May 2012

A Rotterdam rapper who wrote a text apparently threatening PVV leader Geert Wilders should be retried on the same charges, the High Court ruled on Tuesday.

Mohammed B was found not guilty of threatening the MP with death on appeal, but the High Court said the appeal court failed to argue its decision properly when it dismissed the charges in 2010.

The appeal court had said it was not proven that the rapper had placed the text of the rap with a video clip on YouTube which included the sound of a pistol shot. The CD version does not include the sound of a gun going off.

No joke

The text includes the rapper saying it will be 'bam bam' if he meets Wilders. The rapper also calls on Wilders to take back his words if he wants to stay alive and says 'this is no joke. Last night I dreamed I chopped your head off.'

The appeal court ruled that even though Wilders had felt threatened by the combination of words and music, there was no evidence B himself had uploaded the video to YouTube.

However, the High Court said the appeal court had failed to explain properly why B could not be convicted on the basis of the text alone and ordered the case to be heard again.

Hyves message

In a second case, however, the High Court upheld a lower court decision to sentence a 15-year-old boy to 50 hours community service for sending Wilders a threatening message.

The boy sent an item using the Hyves social networking site in 2010 suggesting Wilders jump from the Euromast tower in Rotterdam and describing how his ‘brains will be all over the ground within a week’.

The high court agreed with the lower court that the text constituted a death threat.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Geert is a 21st century hero who uses reasoning, words and discussion to make his arguments. This rapper only prove that his opponents are made up of hateful violent individuals who have low intelligence

By Heidi | 22 May 2012 3:12 PM

I love "freedom of speech" in the neterlands.

By dork | 22 May 2012 3:25 PM

There is something so wrong with this - something that i just can't put my finger on. Inciting hatred - no problem. 15yo kid with rap text suggesting death - high court. Dammit Netherlands, I'm losing more faith in you every day.

By GS | 22 May 2012 3:50 PM

Freedom of speech, Geert - start to practice what you preach. Songs don't hurt you. In the meantime, stop wasting my gddamn taxmoney on your legal shenanigans!

By osita | 22 May 2012 5:15 PM

Wilders felt threatened. The man who threatens others constantly? How ridiculous.

By Dorothy Williams-vandenBerg | 22 May 2012 5:23 PM

Good old Geert, - always manages to keep himself in the news

By GekkeSchott | 22 May 2012 7:40 PM

People might not like Geert Wilders positions (me included for most of them), but to his credit he NEVER proposed killing anyone and never threatened to kill or physically attack no one.

At most, he bad-mouths sub-groups within society, but bad-mouthing someone is VERY different than making a direct physical violence threat.

By Andre L. | 23 May 2012 2:10 PM

Any threats to people or property must be investigated & where necessary taken to trial.
My only wish is that the courts can do it right in future so we don't have to pay for retrials. It's a waste of recources.

By Donaugh | 23 May 2012 3:35 PM

Heidi stop making me laugh! WHAT discussion?? WHAT reason???

Yeah he uses words...much the same way that rapper did. Just because YOU agree with him doesn't make him any different.

By CW | 23 May 2012 5:25 PM

@CW: there is a difference. Wilder never advocated physical violence. And I'm not even his fan or supporter, but I think there is a thick, black-on-white line that lies on merely talking badly about people, places, cultures or making physical threats against someone.

By Andre L. | 24 May 2012 2:57 PM

Wilders is the E.U.'s constant reminder that Europe is changing it's face for the worst, and no one in the E.U. wants to hear it...

By hank homburg | 24 May 2012 5:11 PM

osita, there is a vast difference between freedom of speech and incitement to violence...just don't recall Wilders ever talking about killing anyone or chopping off a muslims head, do you?!

By aussiegirl | 28 May 2012 2:23 PM

I read Wilder's book cover to cover
One sentence wraps it all up: Tell a tree by its fruit. Look at Islam and everywhere islam rules.
If this is what you want at home, by all means take it
If you think the fruit of Islam is toxic (see Gaza, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, iran, Somalia Pakistan, Bangla-desh etc...) they leave it where it is, and dont bring it home
Having suffered Islam's fruit (suicide bombs. non-suicide bombs, rockets, knifings, "honor" killings, i can tell you its toxic. I dont wish it on the Dutch. Maybe the Germans should take them.

By yuval | 10 June 2012 11:21 AM

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