Dutch MP to Be Prosecuted Over Anti-Koran Film ‘Fitna’

Reuters, January 21, 2009

Right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who has made a short film accusing the Koran of inciting violence, must be prosecuted for anti-Islam comments, an Amsterdam court said on Wednesday.

The court overruled the public prosecutor who had argued that Mr. Wilders, whose film “Fitna” urged Muslims to tear out “hate-filled” verses from the Koran, was protected by the right to free speech.

“The Amsterdam appeals court has ordered the prosecution of member of parliament Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs,” the court said in a statement.

“The court also considers appropriate criminal prosecution for insulting Muslim worshippers because of comparisons between Islam and Nazism made by Wilders,” the statement said.

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