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 ‚ÄúFitna,‚ÄĚ a prosecutor said.
Wilders, 47, is on trial for calling the Koran ‚Äúfascist‚ÄĚ and comparing it to Adolf Hitler‚Äôs book Mein Kampf in a 2007 Dutch newspaper editorial. A year later, he released his movie ‚ÄúFitna,‚ÄĚ in which he calls on Muslims to rip out ‚Äúhate- preaching‚ÄĚ verses from the book.
‚ÄúA politician in public debate should have the room to make proposals‚ÄĚ even if they may discriminate, Prosecutor Paul Velleman told the Amsterdam District Court today. While some of Wilders statements contain ‚Äúa certain degree of crudity,‚ÄĚ this doesn‚Äôt lead to ‚Äúunnecessary excessiveness.‚ÄĚ...