Anti-Islam lawmaker asks for hate speech acquittal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 19, 2010 15:10

AMSTERDAM — The lawyer for Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders says the lawmaker has a right to freedom of speech and should be acquitted of all hate speech charges.

Lawyer Bram Moszkowicz compared Wilders in closing arguments Tuesday to various historical figures who were willing to voice unpopular opinions including former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and astronomer Galileo.

Wilders, one of the Netherlands most popular politicians, is on trial for allegedly inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims with remarks comparing Islam to Nazism and calling for a ban on the Quran.

Prosecutors have acknowledged they could not prove a case against Wilders and he should be acquitted, but judges will rule on Nov. 5.


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