Threatened anti-Wilders lawyer granted bodyguards

30th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Gerard Spong, one of the lawyers behind the prosecution of Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders, is to be provided with bodyguards.

THE HAGUE—He told Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant that his request for personal protection had been granted. The Public Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that it has had contact with Mr Spong, but has not made any further comment.

On Thursday de Volkskrant reported that since a court ruling that the PVV leader could be prosecuted for his anti-Islam remarks, Mr Spong has received hundreds of hate e-mails, including death threats. Populist right-wing MP Mr Wilders says he condemns any threats towards Mr Spong "in the strongest possible terms."

Last week an Amsterdam court decided that Mr Wilders should be prosecuted for incitement to hatred and discrimination. The prosecution comes in the light of his anti-Islam film Fitna, released last year, and his comparison of the Islamic holy book the Qur'an with Hitler's Mein Kampf.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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