Here’s the latest news on Geert Wilders from yesterday’s Spits Nieuws, as translated by our expatriate Dutch correspondent H. Numan:
Wilders announces strong resistance
Politician Geert Wilders will do anything to prevent the public prosecution can have him trailed for discriminatory statements. “I’m very angry and warlike.”
So said the PVV leader in an explanation of his decision to appeal to the Supreme Court. The member of parliament wants to have the decision to prosecute him there annulled. “I may be on trial, but what matters is freedom of speech. That outweighs everything.” Wilders disliked the “terrible and unjust” decision of the Amsterdam court to prosecute him. “The court actually issued a verdict without a trial. The judge has only to stamp his approval on it.”
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The court found Wilders’ statements about Islam and Muslims have ‘a probable assumption of guilt”. The court not only decided its opinion based on the actual statements, but also on their method of presentation. Wilders did so fiercely, with never-ending repetitions and formulated his statements with radical meaning. The PVV leader believes that the court made an inexcusable mistake by making subjective judgments about his statements. According to him it should judge marginally.
The member of parliament hired lawyer Bram Moszkowicz to fight the court’s decision. Wilders said he wanted to have “one of the best lawyers in the country” on his side in this very important case. He declined to say how much he has to pay Moskowicz. The member of parliament pays for it partly with donations received from private citizens inside and outside the country. “One shouldn’t think in tons of money, but altogether it does add up”. Apart from this fund he has legal insurance which will pay for some of the costs.
Cross-posted at the International Free Press Society.