"Penalty for lèse majesté unacceptable"

3rd August 2007, Comments 0 comments

3 August 2007, RIJSWIJK – All Dutch citizens deserve the same protection as their monarch. It is unacceptable that the penalty for insulting the queen is higher than the penalty for insulting other people, senator and constitutional law scholar Peter Rehwinkel (Labour PvdA) writes in an article in the Volkskrant on Friday.

3 August 2007

RIJSWIJK – All Dutch citizens deserve the same protection as their monarch. It is unacceptable that the penalty for insulting the queen is higher than the penalty for insulting other people, senator and constitutional law scholar Peter Rehwinkel (Labour PvdA) writes in an article in the Volkskrant on Friday.

His comments come in response to two recent cases of lèse majesté, or crimes against the monarchy. A man was convicted in Amsterdam last week for calling the queen a whore.

A journalist at internet magazine Spunk had to answer questions at a police station earlier this week because he was wearing a T-shirt with the same phrase.

Rehwinkel says it is remarkable that insulting the monarch carries a penalty of up to five years, while insulting any other Dutch person carries a penalty ranging from two months to a maximum of two years in prison.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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