Tv programme Nova and politician Geert Wilders will not be prosecuted for publishing controversial Danish cartoons which poke fun at Mohammed, the public prosecution department said on Tuesday.
The department said reproducing the 12 cartoons, which led to worldwide unrest when published in a Danish newspaper in 2006, is not punishable by law because they target Mohammed not Muslims in general.
The cartoons ‘do not insult Muslims nor incite hatred’, the department said in a statement.
However, the pro-Arab Arabische Europese Liga has been told it does face prosecution unless it removes a cartoon featuring two Jews inventing the holocaust.
That cartoon does ‘insult Jews because of their race and/or religion’ because it implies Jews themselves invented the idea that six million were killed during World War II, the department said.
The AEL told the department it would continue to remove the cartoons from websites targeting the Dutch public. According to news agency ANP, the cartoons were taken off the site three years ago.
A further legal case centering on cartoons by an artist known as Gregorious Nekschot is still under investigation.
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