Sheikh Yasin pleased Wilders to be prosecuted
The US Muslim leader Sheikh Yasin has said he is glad that Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders is to be prosecuted.AMSTERDAM - During a lecture on Friday, which has since been released on YouTube, Sheikh Yasin said he hoped that Wilders would be given a judicial "slap on the wrist".
According to the PVV, Yasin said that Wilders should be flogged, but a study of the YouTube recording has revealed that this was not so.
Yasin's comments followed the ruling of an Amsterdam court earlier this week.
It declared that Wilders must be prosecuted for incitement to hatred and discrimination.
Following the Friday lecture, PVV MP Sietse Fritsma called on the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, to ban a sermon by Sheikh Yasin on Sunday.
Aboutaleb rejected the request, saying that he saw no reason to ban the sermon.
A representative of the Rotterdam council said that it did not censor in advance.