Jordanian ambassador will not be summoned
Dutch foreign minister dismisses Wilders’ request to summon the ambassador following news that Jordan plans to prosecute the freedom party leader.2 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen does not intend to summon the Jordanian ambassador.
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders had requested this following the news that Jordan is preparing a possible court case against him because of his anti-Islam film Fitna.
A complaint has been brought in Jordan by organisations that believe the film constitutes an incitement to hatred of Muslims.
They have already launched a campaign to boycott Dutch products, blaming the government in The Hague for not prosecuting Wilders.
Jordan's justice authorities have, however, announced that they are not planning to arrest the Dutch MP. They say the decision to prosecute him was taken as a way of sending a signal to the Netherlands.
Wilders thinks it "horrendous" that Jordan wants to prosecute him. As far as he's concerned, this only goes to show "how undemocratic the banana republic of Jordan is."
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]