A Dutch rapper has been given 80 hours community service and a two-month suspended jail sentence for threatening anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders in a video.
A court in The Hague ruled the video, released by Frisian rapper Hozny in March, suggests that Wilders is being kidnapped and executed. This is obvious to anyone watching it, the court said.
‘Freedom of speech is no hiding place for people who want to threaten others with death, whatever the artistic merits,’ the court statement said.
Hozny has also been ordered to remove the video from his YouTube feed.
Neither Hozny nor his lawyer were in court to hear the verdict, news agency ANP says. The rapper said earlier the aim of the video is to shock and that it does not contain any direct threats.
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