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Friday 24 October  

Dutch prosecutors call for partial Wilders acquittal

Published on 12 October 2010 - 6:15pm
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Prosecutors in the trial of anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders say he should be acquitted of group defamation.

The populist Dutch MP is standing trial for defamation of Muslims as a group because of his comparison of the Qur’an to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He is also charged with inciting hatred and discrimination.

Public prosecutors Birgit van Roessel and Paul Velleman now say his comments on the Qur’an referred to Islam and its holy book, and not to Muslim people.

In explaining their call for acquittal on the defamation charges, the prosecutors also explained that statements contained in the MP’s film, Fitna, referred to Islam as a religion and not to its followers. Even though the statements could hurt the feelings of Muslims, that was not the same as defamation of the group.

On Friday, the prosecutors will either press for Mr Wilders to be found guilty on the incitement charges or for him to be acquitted. If they call for a guilty verdict, they will also put forward what they consider an appropriate sentence.

 

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Discussion

Dave 13 October 2010 - 2:23pm / Canada

Geert Wilders should be praised by all Europeans, especially the Dutch, for standing up to Islam and its destruction of our civilization and freedoms. He with fellow hero's like Hirsi Ali have the courage to put their lives on the line to defend our way of life and instead of unqualified support they are attacked by the socialists aligned with Islam, insanity. Every day the butchery continues around the world by Muslims yet those who warn of this very real threat are somehow the enemy.

nick.mcavelly 13 October 2010 - 1:36pm

It's also blindingly obvious that one can criticise the contents of a book, and this is an entirely different thing from criticising anyone who's read it. This is simple stuff which any lecturer would explain to her students, as she told them what is expected of them as they write their very first essay at university.

nick.mcavelly 13 October 2010 - 2:27am

Any undergraduate philosophy student would have been able to tell these high-falutin' lawyers that one can argue against the contents of a book without saying anything about the author. Finally, this very simple point comes up!

Emily Watson 13 October 2010 - 12:09am

How can one have a partial acquital saying, Geert did not insult muslims, yet go on to say he hates them. There is something seriously wrong with the prosecuter's morals. He must be mad.

Go after the real haters that have death threats against Geert and stop waisting the tax money accusing an honest hero, as Geeret Wilders for what Islam produces!!!

You're killing your own people by trying to save the human butchers brought up to believe that allah finds it prefectly normal to murder, rape and torture.

Karl 12 October 2010 - 9:25pm / USA

Go Geert! This man spoke the truth. Islam needs a reformation.

sandra v 12 October 2010 - 8:55pm / Nederland

Thats not good enough, give him full acquittal! Geert Wilders is INNOCENT! Even the prosecution knows this case should have never been brought up in the first place!

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