Wilders wrongly denied in Great Britain

13th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in London rules the British government was wrong to deny entry to the far-right politician.

London  -- The British government was wrong to deny far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders entry in February, rules the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in London.

In February, Britain refused entry to Wilders whom it accused of inciting anti-Islamic hatred. The politician was sent back home on a plane a few hours after being detained by immigration officials on arrival at London's Heathrow airport.

Wilders had arrived in the UK for the screening of his anti-Islamic film Fitna at the House of Lords by Lord Pearson of Britain's Independence Party.

Then, Britain's Home Office said Wilders was turned back to stop him spreading “hatred and violent messages”.

The Freedom Party leader then launched an official appeal against the British government's decision to ban him.

When informed of the new ruling, Wilders said it was "fantastic news” and that it shows “there is progress for freedom of expression”. 

It remains unclear whether the tribunal's decision means that Wilders is now free to travel to the UK. The British government has yet to comment on the ruling.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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