Wilders' prosecution asks for second acquittal

15th October 2010, Comments 0 comments


The Dutch Public Prosecutor has sought the acquittal of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders on the charge of inciting hatred against Muslims.

The prosecution said "Criticism of religion is allowed as long as it does not lead to incitement of hatred against people."

This is the second of three charges for which the prosecution has asked for an acquittal. Earlier this week, it made the same demand for the charge of insulting Muslims and asked the judges not to award damages to the plaintiffs.

The trial against Geert Wilders began at the end of September. Among comments made by the controversial politician are calling Islam "fascist" and likening the Koran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf".

In June 2008, the Dutch prosecution service dismissed dozens of complaints against the politician from individuals around the country, citing his right to freedom of speech.

However an appeals judges ordered in January 2009 that he stand trial - compelling the prosecution to mount a case against him.

The last charge against Mr Wilders is for discrimination against Muslims.

As leader of the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders is an informal partner of the new right-wing coalition government inaugurated on Thursday. If found guilty, the MP faces up to a year in prison or a 7,600-euro fine.



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