The paper says the public prosecution department has taken the decision under its own steam, despite its earlier opposition to prosecuting the MP at all. But Amsterdam’s appeal court ruled a year ago Wilders should face charges of discrimination and inciting hatred.
The extra charge is based on Wilders’ statement that ‘the borders will close that same day to all non-western immigrants’, the paper said. The statement appears to refer to Wilders’ plans if he became prime minister.
Wilders’ opponents welcomed the department’s decision. ‘It is a good move,’ said lawyer Gerard Spong, who has received death threats for his anti-Wilders’ stand.
‘Wilders always says he is attacking Islam, not Muslims,’ lawyer Haroon Raza told the paper. ‘But Wilders is not only talking about Muslims but non-Western immigrants, or people with different coloured skin.’
The anti-racism organisaton NBK has failed several times to have Wilders prosecuted for racial discrimination.
The case against Wilders opens on January 20.
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