“A statement Monday by the prosecutor said Wilders made his anti-Muslim remarks in the context of a legitimate debate.”
A victory for free speech and common sense. But there remains the Jordanian effort to use Interpol to secure his arrest and extradition. “No charge in Dutch Muslim incitement,” from the Associated Press, June 30:
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) “” The public prosecutor’s office says it will not charge right-wing legislator Geert Wilders with inciting hatred for his film denouncing the Quran.
The prosecutor says the film and statements Wilders wrote in Dutch newspapers were hurtful and insulting but not criminal.
A statement Monday by the prosecutor said Wilders made his anti-Muslim remarks in the context of a legitimate debate, and he could not be charged for incitement or discrimination.
Wilders told The Associated Press he was not surprised by the decision because he had stayed within the boundaries of the law.
Wilders’ film, titled “Fitna,” appeared on the Internet in March. It aroused protests around the Muslim world.