Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Reality Strikes Back: Dutch prosecutors call for partial Wilders acquittal

In explaining their call for acquittal on the defamation charges, the prosecutors also explained that statements contained in the MP’s film, Fitna, referred to Islam as a religion and not to its followers. Even though the statements could hurt the feelings of Muslims, that was not the same as defamation of the group.

These prosecution lawyers knew what they were doing ~ the whole point of going to trial was to challenge the laws on freedom of speech ~ so it is not a hate trial ~ it was a trial from its onset ~ that aimed to overturn freedom of expression. A birdy must have told them ~ that ain't going to happen!


Defense attorney Gerard Spong [who took part in a Dutch TV show, where he 'defended and exonerated' Bin Laden in a mock trial], along with a group of Muslim students brought the case against Wilders.

Here is what Spong said:


"I'm calling for clearer regulation in the law," says Mr Spong. "The article in the constitution on freedom of expression has led to a maze of legal rulings. A vast number of ethnic and religious communities want to live here in peaceful co-operation. In order to make this extremely complicated society governable, we need explicit, clear-cut regulations about what is and what is not permissible. We have to treat each other decently. It doesn't matter whether that stems from good manners, the law of the land or religious belief, but we have to treat each other decently." [+]

It is pretty clear he understood that there was no law to back his case ~ but he thought he could create a new legal standard. One obviously that protects Islam from criticism. Which is Shari'a. A religious belief ~ system of laws.


Prosecutors in the trial of anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders say he should be acquitted of group defamation.

The populist Dutch MP is standing trial for defamation of Muslims as a group because of his comparison of the Qur’an to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He is also charged with inciting hatred and discrimination.

Public prosecutors Birgit van Roessel and Paul Velleman now say his comments on the Qur’an referred to Islam and its holy book, and not to Muslim people.

In explaining their call for acquittal on the defamation charges, the prosecutors also explained that statements contained in the MP’s film, Fitna, referred to Islam as a religion and not to its followers. Even though the statements could hurt the feelings of Muslims, that was not the same as defamation of the group.

On Friday, the prosecutors will either press for Mr Wilders to be found guilty on the incitement charges or for him to be acquitted. If they call for a guilty verdict, they will also put forward what they consider an appropriate sentence.

Radio Netherlands

1 comment:

gsw said...

As a blond, I find the remarks made by the Dutch and German press, re: the colour of Mr. Wilder's hair, offensive to myself and to the general blond population.

Is this racist?

Can I sue?