Prime minister candidate Wilders guilty of hate speech, Dutch court rules

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December 10, 2016

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A Dutch court convicted populist lawmaker Geert Wilders — who is running to be prime minister — of hate speech Friday, at the end of a trial he branded a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech.

Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker. Prosecutors had asked judges to fine him $5,300.

The politically charged prosecution centered on comments Wilders made before and after the Dutch municipal elections in 2014. At one meeting in a Hague cafe, he asked supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. That sparked a chant of “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” — to which he replied, “we’ll take care of it.”

Prosecutors say that Wilders, who in 2011 was acquitted at another hate speech trial for his outspoken criticism of Islam, overstepped the limits of free speech by specifically targeting Moroccans.

On Friday, he was convicted for the interaction with the crowd of supporters in the Hague cafe, which judges said was carefully orchestrated and broadcast on national television. He was acquitted for similar comments he made in a radio interview a week earlier.

  • Tiger

    The only thing he is doing is telling the truth and the truth about Islam is so vile that nobody wants to have it out there, especially Muslims. They have gone so far as to ask the UN for an International Resolution to say nobody can talk about Islam or the prophet and by the way folks lots of sites are now off the net that did tell the truth.

  • Duane L Petersen

    Thank God for the first amendment.

    • Tiger

      Ahhhh tell that to the family of the little 5 year old girl that was raped from one end to the other and urinated on on her body and in her mouth by 3 Muslim boys and Lynch has shut the story and the town’s people down from talking about it. Or to anyone across this country that tries to say anything against Islam under O. We are in the same boat to a great extent.

      I get death threats on youtube video I comment on on Islam and the refugee problem in Europe and when I fight back and tell the truth I am the one who gets the notice I am talking Hate Speech.

    • Tiger
  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    Here is a guy that is speaking the truth, and the powers that be are trying very hard to shut him up. Well, it has now backfired on the fools that run that country. This conviction is going to guarantee him the presidency. The people have had enough of left-wit bull manure, over-bearing politicians who sell their country out to the E U.

    • Rodney Steward

      Nailed it friend, the EU is as useless and corrupt as the UN, both want the same thing, the NWO! People are fed up with these pathetic gutter rats, or better known as the cult of islam, the death cult!

      • used_to_be_a_liberal

        100% agree

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