Anti-Islam MP fails to block Amsterdam trial

16th March 2011, Comments 3 comments

A trial against Dutch MP Geert Wilders for hatemongering can go ahead after objections were brushed aside by the Public Prosecutor.

Mr Wilders' lawyer Bram Moszkowicz had argued that his client was being accused of far more than was included in the formal charges, which mention hatemongering, discrimination and insulting a section of the population, public broadcaster NOS reports.

Another objection, that the Amsterdam court was not qualified, was rebuffed by the observation that the alleged offences by the accused were committed in Amsterdam, among others. The fact that Mr Wilders' anti-Islam movie pamphlet, Fitna, was released through a US website was not considered relevant, seeing that the film was targeting a Dutch-speaking audience.

The Public Prosecutor was obliged, however, to apologise to Mr Wilders about the assertion that his film showed a page being torn from the Qur'an. This was beside the fact, as Mr Wilders argued. He explained that the book in question was a telephone directory.

The court will decide its next steps on 30 March.


© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

3 Comments To This Article

  • James Henry posted:

    on 24th March 2011, 12:34:49 - Reply

    You're right. As I've said before, this particularly unsavoury individual should be allowed to spew his septic pus wherever he likes. After all, if the above two posters can; why can't he?
  • Thomas posted:

    on 17th March 2011, 10:10:27 - Reply

    You're right Ron - this stupid trial never should have happened in the first place ! The shame of it all is that Holland; indeed all of Europe, has caved into cowardly behavior,afraid of Muslim wrath ! Islam is a threat to all free nations and a burden to non-Muslim societies because they impose their trash on us all. Geert is one of the few brave men; he wears a bullet-proff vest and all those who belittle him do so to all free people. That man is a hero ! Amsterdam courts : SHAME ! SHAME on those who won't defend him ! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME !
  • Ron posted:

    on 16th March 2011, 17:33:23 - Reply

    Just like the previous one, the new trial of Geert Wilders will be a complete and utter farce!
    Wake up, Hollanders...before it's too late. Islam and Moslems do NOT belong in civilized nations such as your lovely country.
    Support Geert Wilders in the next national election, and make him your Prime Minister. He is the only brave man who can save Holland from the Islamic Scourge !