‘Call for Koran ban incites hatred’ (UPDATE)
A lawyer from Lelystad has lodged a formal complaint against Geert Wilders, the controversial leader of the anti-immigration PVV party, who has called for a ban on the Koran. The letter was published in today’s Volkskrant newspaper.
Lawyer Els Lucas says the letter incites hatred and is unlawful, reports ANP news agency. The public prosecution office has confirmed it has received the complaint and is currently studying it.
In his letter, Wilders says the Islamic holy book is ‘Fascist’, ‘wretched’ and encourages violence. He wants the book banned from shops, homes and mosques.
Wilders compares the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and points out that this book has been banned since the end of the Second World War.
A ban on the Koran would be a clear signal to Islamists which use the book as an ‘excuse and inspiration’ for violence, says Wilders.
Abdeljamid Khairoun, chairman of the Dutch Muslim Council said he was not surprised by Wilders’ comments. ’Wilders suffers from a religious syndrome. He keeps saying the Koran is a bad book. I expect he will also ask for a ban on the Tora and the Bible.’
Nasr Joemman of the CMO, the organisation which represents Muslims and the government, told ANP that Wilders is using his statements purely for political gains. He said that young Muslims would be called upon not to raise to Wilders’ bait during Friday’s prayers.
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