Geert Wilders Goes to Court
And so, the witch hunt begins:
Filmmaker Geert Wilders faces hatred charges
January 20, 2010
(CNN) — Controversial Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders appeared in court Wednesday on charges of inciting discrimination and hatred that relate in part to his much-criticized film about Islam.
Wednesday’s session at the Court of Amsterdam was a pre-trial hearing and a full trial was due to begin later this year. A court spokesman said the hearing was expected to last one day but could stretch into Thursday.
Wilders, who heads the Dutch Party for Freedom, said he has done nothing wrong. “I will fight,” he promised in a statement Tuesday on the party’s Web site.
In addition to inciting discrimination and hatred, Wilders is also charged with offending a group of people, which relates to his comparison of Islam to Nazism.
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“According to Wilders, the truth about Islam must be made known, even if it is painful and unpleasant for certain people,” his statement on his party’s site said.
If found guilty, Wilders faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to €19,000 ($26,900) for each charge.Explore posts in the same categories: Amsterdam, censorship, Freedom of Speech, politics, Religion