Bankrupt man jailed for insulting queen Beatrix

A 47-year-old man has been given 80 hours community service and a 90 day jail term, 77 days suspended, for insulting queen Beatrix and sending threatening letters to two mayors, urging them to cancel Queen’s Day celebrations.

The man, a bankrupt bargee, wrote to the queen in March and April, accusing her of being a ‘con woman’ and a ‘sinner’ and calling for the monarchy to be abolished, news agency ANP reported.
In court, the man said he regretted sending the letters. A psychiatrist said the man, who has a mental handicap, was getting rid of the frustrations surrounding the sale of his barge.
The man has already served the 13 days in jail in pre-trial custody.
Tofik Dibi, an MP for the green party GroenLinks, said in a reaction that the sentence is high for the crime.
‘If this had been said to me or any other person, it would not have been a problem,’ Dibi is quoted as saying by ANP. ‘That is freedom of speech. It might be tasteless but you should be able to say it.’
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