Anti-immigration MP Geert Wilders is asking the high court to tear up a lower court decision calling for his prosecution for inciting hatred and discrimination.
A statement on the PVV party website says that Wilders has brought in top lawyer Bram Moszkowicz to take up his case and try to have the decision to prosecute overturned. ‘I have got the best lawyer in the Netherlands’, Wilders said.
Last month the Amsterdam appeal court said the public prosecution department had been wrong not to prosecute Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination following his comments about Islam and Muslims.
For example, in 2007, Wilders told the Volkskrant that the Koran should be made illegal: ‘ban that despicable book, like Mein Kampf is banned’. In another newspaper, De Pers, he callled for a ban on Muslim immigrants and for deportations.
Wilders has described last week’s decision to prosecute him as a black day for freedom of speech and says he will do all he can to avoid appearing in court.
NOS tv reports that Wilders believes the public prosecution department will not continue its investigation into his statements pending the high court ruling. But a spokesman said on Tuesday that the department will continue researching its case.
On his personal website, Wilders is now appealling for cash to help his ‘struggle for the defense of the West’ which he says is now ‘in jeopardy’.
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