Public prosecution department will examine Wilders' film
The public prosecution department will watch Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilder's anti-Koran film to investigate whether it contains any expressions that are punishable by law.7 March 2008
AMSTERDAM – The public prosecution department will watch Freedom Party PVV leader Geert Wilder's anti-Koran film to investigate whether it contains any expressions that are punishable by law, the Volkskrant reports. The prosecution department will not wait for viewers to file complaints, a spokesperson for the Amsterdam department said Thursday. "Since the film has been announced in advance, we are able to prepare for it."
The National Expertise Centre on Discrimination, affiliated with the prosecution department in Amsterdam, has worked out a number of scenarios establishing which expressions are punishable and which are not.
"We will only decide whether to prosecute once we've seen the film." Wilders announced earlier that his film illustrates his conviction that the Koran is a fascist book. He said this week that his film remains within the bounds of the law.
The spokesperson says it is not unusual for the discrimination centre to prepare a number of scenarios in anticipation of a film, but also that no decision has yet been made with regard to whether to prosecute Wilders on grounds of any of the at least 45 complaints that have been lodged against him.
On Wednesday it was announced that this decision will take at least another six weeks, much to the incomprehension of the lobby organisations and individuals who have requested that he be prosecuted. Particularly his comparison of the Koran to Mein Kampf in August 2007 led to a deluge of complaints. "It is a sensitive and complex matter. It takes time. The same careful considerations will be made after the film."
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