Prosecutor Seeks Wilders Acquittal on Muslim Comments
Dutch Freedom Party Leader Geert Wilders should be acquitted of charges that he incited hatred and defamed Muslims in newspaper editorials and his 2008 film â€śFitna,â€ť a prosecutor said.
Wilders, 47, is on trial for calling the Koran â€śfascistâ€ť and comparing it to Adolf Hitlerâ€™s book Mein Kampf in a 2007 Dutch newspaper editorial. A year later, he released his movie â€śFitna,â€ť in which he calls on Muslims to rip out â€śhate- preachingâ€ť verses from the book.
â€śA politician in public debate should have the room to make proposalsâ€ť even if they may discriminate, Prosecutor Paul Velleman told the Amsterdam District Court today. While some of Wilders statements contain â€śa certain degree of crudity,â€ť this doesnâ€™t lead to â€śunnecessary excessiveness.â€ť...