Dutch court orders prosecution of anti-Islamic lawmaker

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January 21, 2009 15:00

 
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A Dutch court has ordered the prosecution of an outspoken right-wing lawmaker for making anti-Islamic statements. Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made headlines around the world in March 2008 with his film "Fitna," which juxtaposed Koranic verses against a background of violent film clips and images of terrorism by Islamic radicals. The Amsterdam Appeals Court decision means prosecutors will now have to launch a hate-speech case against Wilders for his statements in the interviews and a short film. Last year, prosecutors decided against launching a case against Wilders, saying his strident anti-Islamic statements were hurtful to Muslims but not criminal. Wilders told Dutch media it was a "black day for myself and for freedom of speech."

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