A brief round-up of some of the latest news, plus some notable testimony.
DutchNews.nl: Prosecution says Wilders not guilty on all counts – Update:
The public prosecution department on Friday afternoon stated that Geert Wilders is not guilty of discriminating against Muslims and urged judges to find him not guilty.
Earlier on Friday the department said he should also be found not guilty of inciting hatred against Muslims.
Prosecutors Birgit van Roessel and Paul Velleman said they reached their conclusions after a careful reading of interviews with and articles by the anti-Islam politician and a viewing of his anti-Koran film Fitna.
They said comments about banning the Koran can be discriminatory, but because Wilders wants to pursue a ban on democratic lines, there is no question of incitement to discrimination ‘as laid down in law’.
On the comparison of the Koran with Mein Kampf, the prosecutors said the comparison was ‘crude but that did not make it punishable’.
Dealing earlier on Friday with incitement to hatred, Van Roessel and Velleman said some comments could incite hatred against Muslims if taken out of context, but if the complete text is considered, it can be seen that Wilders is against the growing influence of Islam and not against Muslims per sé.
On Tuesday, the prosecutors said the MP should not be found guilty of group insult.
ShortNews.com: Dutch prosecution to drop chargest against Geert Wilders.
Gates of Vienna: Geert Wilders Not Free Yet:
Many people — particularly on this side of the Atlantic — seem to be operating under the assumption that after yesterday’s startling events, Geert Wilders is out of the woods.
This is not at all true. Although the prosecutors in the hate speech case against Mr. Wilders have called for his acquittal, this is not a done deal. The Amsterdam judges are known to be blatantly anti-Wilders. They are well within their rights to convict him, and they may yet do so.
TheAge.com.au: Prosecutors ask for hate crime acquittal.
Expatica.com: Religious criticism not a crime, Dutch MP’s trial told.
Blazing Cat Fur: Geert Wilders & Freedom 1, Islamofascists & Censors 0.
The Toronto Sun: Prosecutors seek acquittal for politician in hate case.
Meanwhile, here is the testimony of Wafa Sultan at the Geert Wilders trial, thanks to Vlad Tepes:
Also thanks Vlad Tepes, testimony from Simon Admiraal:
More to come, I’m sure. It all depends on whether the court decides to keep on with the case, or if it decides to take the prosecuters’ recommendations.
Let’s hope for the latter.