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 âFitna,â a prosecutor said.
Wilders, 47, is on trial for calling the Koran âfascistâ and comparing it to Adolf Hitlerâs book Mein Kampf in a 2007 Dutch newspaper editorial. A year later, he released his movie âFitna,â in which he calls on Muslims to rip out âhate- preachingâ verses from the book.
âA politician in public debate should have the room to make proposalsâ even if they may discriminate, Prosecutor Paul Velleman told the Amsterdam District Court today. While some of Wilders statements contain âa certain degree of crudity,â this doesnât lead to âunnecessary excessiveness.â...