Has Wilders broken the law?
Geert Wilders' inflammatory anti-Muslim statements are well known. Are they illegal?
by Folkert Jensma
Radio Netherlands Worldwide
January 20, 2010
Rumour has it that Geert Wilders, the leader of the Netherlands' populist Freedom Party, hopes to call Mohamed Bouyeri, the man who killed Theo van Gogh, as a witness in his trial, which starts today.
Probably to establish the connection between the Qur'an and violence - that Wilders assumes, the prosecution, however, will focus on the Dutch criminal code, particularly the two articles the politician is alleged to have violated: 137 c and d.
Wilders is charged with slandering a group and inciting hatred, and discrimination on the basis of race or religion. He has targeted Muslims on the basis of their religion, the prosecution will argue, and non-western migrants or Moroccans on the basis of their race. The trial is expected to last months.
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