Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who is on trial in Amsterdam for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims, has been summoned by a court in The Hague as well.
Local imam Fawaz Jneid is claiming 55,000 euros in damages from Mr Wilders because footage showing him was used by the MP in an anti-Qur'an propaganda movie. The case will be heard next Wednesday in The Hague, possibly coinciding with a session in the hate-mongering case before the Amsterdam court.
Mr Wilders' 2008 film Fitna paired images of terror attacks and of Islamic activists and preachers, of whom The Hague Imam Fawaz Jneid is one. He is preaching at the As-Soennah mosque, which has adopted the Salafi view of Islam. The footage showing Lebanese-born Mr Fawaz Jneid was copied from an interview shown on Dutch public TV and edited into Fitna. Dutch law does not allow the use of pictures and film of people without their explicit consent.
The imam's damages claims date back to 2008, shortly after Fitna was released on the internet. At the time, Mr Wilders said he was not impressed, adding, "This hateful imam has cursed [former MP and Islam critic] Ayaan Hirsi Ali, [filmmaker and assassinated Islam critic] Theo van Gogh and [Iranian-born law professor] Afshin Ellian. And he has said the most terrible things. He shouts louder than a pig. I'm not going to pay him a single dime."
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