Moroccans want Wilders prosecuted
24 January 2008
THE HAGUE – Moroccan organisations in the Netherlands want the public prosecution department to prosecute Freedom party PVV leader Geert Wilders for discrimination against Muslims. If the justice department refuses, then the organisations will approach the court to force the prosecution department to take action.
Chairman of the National Moroccan Council (LBM) Mohamed Rabbae said this on Thursday, partly in response to the film on the Koran that Wilders is currently working on.
Rabbae says that the public prosecution department is hesitant to follow through on the many complaints filed against Wilders and that there is some fear of taking legal action against him. "We want to force that action," says the former GroenLinks MP.
The public prosecution department received more than 40 complaints against Wilders after the MP called for the Koran to be banned. The justice department has not yet indicated whether the complaints will lead to prosecution.
The LBM, which claims to represent 200 organisations, says that Wilders is waging "racist politics" by constantly insulting Muslims and discriminating against them. "Wilders is a racist with regard to Islam. His comments are not aimed at a race, but at a religion and population group," says Rabbae.
The Moroccan organisations further elaborated on their plans to ‘neutralise’ the anticipated effects of Wilders’ film on the Koran. They are calling on all Muslims who feel offended by the film to show that they can stand the criticism and "not let themselves be driven mad by a madman."
If the film is insulting and discriminating, all Muslims should also go to the police and file reports against Wilders en masse.
The LBM is calling on embassies from Arab countries and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, which unites the 57 Muslim countries, not to boycott the Netherlands.
"The Netherlands is not only Wilders’ country, but a home for many Muslims. Every measure against the Netherlands affects us too," says Rabbae. He is going to approach the Iranian ambassador this week to ask him not to break diplomatic ties with the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news