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October 15, 2010

Prosecutors: Wilders Not Guilty on All Counts


Prosecutors: Wilders Not Guilty on All Counts
The public prosecution department on Friday afternoon stated that Geert Wilders is not guilty of discriminating against Muslims. Earlier on Friday it announced he should also be found not guilty of inciting hatred.

Prosecutors Birgit van Roessel and Paul Velleman reached their conclusions after a careful reading of interviews with and articles by the anti-Islam politician and a viewing of his anti-Koran film Fitna.

They said comments about banning the Koran can be discriminatory, but because Wilders wants to pursue a ban on democratic lines, there is no question of incitement to discrimination ‘as laid down in law’.

On the comparison of the Koran with Mein Kampf, the prosecutors said the comparison was ‘crude but that did not make it punishable’.

Dealing earlier on Friday with incitement to hatred, Van Roessel and Velleman said some comments could incite hatred against Muslims if taken out of context, but if the complete text is considered, it can be seen that Wilders is against the growing influence of Islam and not against Muslims per sé.

On Tuesday, the prosecutors said the MP should not be found guilty of group insult.

The public prosecution department was forced to take the case by the high court after anti-racism campaigners protested at its refusal to prosecute Wilders.

Good news, not just for what was once the Dutch Republic, but for liberty everywhere.

11 comments:

Opus #6 said...

This really is good news. Yay for Geert and western civilization!

sig94 said...

Not to worry, in another 5 years Allah's (Peace Be Upon Him) Sharia Court of Denmark will reconsider this decision and order his head cut off.

It's beyond belief that in an alleged democratic country, this non-event progressed as far as it did through the criminal justice system.

Quite Rightly said...

This is wonderful news. Yet it is still disturbing that the Dutch Republic has a crime called "group insult."

Nickie Goomba said...

Opie... the battle lines may be forming.

Nickie Goomba said...

Sig, as Yogi Berra (Peace Be Upon Him) once said... "It ain't over 'til the fatwah dudes are hanged."

Doom said...

Since this "court" is based on social norms and 'allowed legal truths' as much as it was about Wilders' right to say or write what he did, this... could get interesting. Political correctness, like the green dragon and the welfare state, may be dying even in Europe.

Very interesting, and considering the real threat to real people in nations with a weak policing interest, that is saying something. It could easily be said that these prosecutors are... attesting to his claims.

Nickie Goomba said...

Rightly (Peace Be Upon You)... there is also a crime there called "oatmeal abuse". These are a weak people.

Nickie Goomba said...

Doom, you're right. As I watched the footage, it resembled something from a Kafka (Peace Be Upon Him) novel.

fuzzys dad said...

It is Good news indeed.

Starsplash said...

Ya heerd yet that their muslims running amok in Britain. Go check this vid on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=916qkfhT8DU

DC said...

And peace be with you, Brother Goomba.