Tuesday 11 August 2020

Man who threatened Wilders in Facebook video faces six years in jail

The Pakistan national arrested at The Hague’s main railway station in August last year after placing a video on Facebook threatening to attack Geert Wilders should be jailed for six years, the public prosecution department said at his trial on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old has been charged with making terrorist threats, preparing to carry out a murder with terrorist intent and incitement.

The police were alerted to the film, which was made at a branch of the Doner Company at the railway station in late August 2018.

In the video, which is in Urdu, Junaid I. reportedly states: ‘I am just five minutes from parliament where the exhibition is’ – a reference to Wilders’ planned Mohammed cartoon competition.

The video does not mention Wilders by name but police found manipulated images on the man’s phone which included Wilders who had been beheaded.

Wilders himself made a rare appearance at the Schiphol high security court house, saying he wanted to see the man who had threatened him eye to eye. ‘I did not speak to him but I showed him that violence and terror don’t have an effect on me,’ he said. ‘Nor do they change my opinions.’

Junaid I told the court on Monday it had not been his intention to kill anyone. ‘I have nothing against Wilders or Dutch society,’ he said.

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