Agitation may become crime
28 July 2005, THE HAGUE – A new bill by Justice Minister Donner would make the glorification of terrorist acts punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year.
28 July 2005
THE HAGUE – A new bill by Justice Minister Donner would make the glorification of terrorist acts punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year.
Earlier in the year the Cabinet announced it would introduce measures to crack down on imams who sow hatred.
The bill also provides for a person to be discharged from an office if he or she misuses it to agitate or sow hatred. Such misuse could include recruitment of others for jihad (holy war) or the glorification, whitewashing, trivialisation or denial of heinous crimes.
Offensive remarks can cause tension between segments of the population and promote radicalisation, Minister Donner wrote in a clarification. Such remarks would be punishable if they seriously disturb, or could disturb, the public order.
The CDA politician said it was of great importance that everyone participated in the social debate in a worthy manner.
"Freedom of expression and of religion are crucial for that," Donner said, adding, "criminal legislation is necessary as a last link in dealing with people who abuse their legal freedoms at the expense of others."
Donner called the proposed law "a complement to crimes such as agitation, discrimination and the incitement of hatred or violence."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news