Pilin’ it on – more ‘hate speech’ charges laid against Geert Wilders

15 01 2010

Hey, why not? Might as well let the Moroccans and the ‘non-western ethnic minorities’ ( wouldn’t that include Moroccans already? ) in on the action. Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports: Geert Wilders hate speech charges widened:

The charges against far-right MP Geert Wilders have been extended to include inciting hatred towards Moroccans and non-Western ethnic minorities, de Volksrant newspaper reports.

Up to now the Freedom Party leader has been charged with inciting hatred against Muslims through his remarks in the media and his anti-Islam film Fitna. Mr Wilders has compared the Qur’an to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and called for it to be banned.

However, the public prosecutor’s office has now decided to widen the charges, based in part on Mr Wilders response in a 2006 interview when asked what he would do if he came to power in the Netherlands: “The same day the borders would be closed to all non-Western immigrants.” Mr Wilders has also expressed this view in parliament.

The decision to widen the charges is striking because initially the public prosecutor’s office decided that Mr Wilders had no case to answer. It only went ahead with the prosecution when an Amsterdam court ruled last year that Mr Wilders should indeed face charges of insulting Muslims as a group and inciting hatred and discrimination towards them.

Insight
The lawyers who brought the case against Mr Wilders have welcomed the public prosecutor’s move. Haroon Raza of anti-racism organisation NBK told de Volkskrant he was “extremely satisfied”. NBK argues that Mr Wilders is not only anti-Islam but also racist. Amsterdam lawyer Gerard Spong described the public prosecutor’s decision as a sign of “deepening insight”. It was he who brought the appeal against the initial conclusion that Mr Wilders should not be prosecuted. 

The public prosecutor’s office has not commented on the reasons behind its decision to widen the charges. A spokesperson told de Volkskrant that the motivation would be explained during the initial hearing in the case, set for 20 January.

Objections

Mr Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz set out his objections to the charges in a closed hearing on Wednesday. He argued that there are no grounds to prosecute his client for insulting Muslims as a group.

Mr Wilders argues that his criticism has always been directed against Islam as a religion, and not against Muslims. He attended the hearing in person although his Mr Moszkowicz said he did not enter the court by the main entrance due to the death threats which have been made against him.

At the end of the hearing the court threw out Geert Wilders’s objections to the charges and the trial will now go ahead as planned next week. Wilders again said he considers the prosecution to be politically motivated, he said there was more justice in North Korea.

Read the rest here.

Did they forget anyone? Western non-ethnic minorities perhaps?

More info at Gates of Vienna.

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15 01 2010
FreeSpeechMustTriumph

Its time to put an end to islam in europe. its a disgusting religion which is built on fear , slavery & coercion, and has no place in a civilised society. it does not even have the self confidence to allow its children the chance to chose another religion or no religion at all.
Geert Wilders is a hero of our time. We must all support him with continual pressure to be applied on all dutch govt institutions at home and abroad.
Ironic, isn’t it, that the same people who tried to blow up a plane that left from schipohl to the US are now influencing the spineless dutch government. shame on Balkenende and his gutless cronies!

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