I’ve dusted off the “Free Geert banner” for this post. Even though its time has not quite arrived, it looks like it will be needed soon enough, and I want to be ready for it.
More than three years after its last attempt, the Dutch government is ready to have another go at Geert Wilders. Since the Netherlands is a modern, advanced, enlightened democracy, the police can’t just roust him out of bed in the middle of the night and hustle him in off to the Lubyanka in a Black Maria for a quick neck shot in the cellars.
No, they have to go through the correct legal forms. First they have to find a proper charge — in this case, “insulting a population group with respect to their race and of incitement to discrimination and hatred”. Then they have to round up all the usual witnesses, both lefties and enrichers, to affirm how hateful the defendant is. Then they convict him, and even if he doesn’t get thrown in the slammer with all those peaceful Moroccan criminals, his political career will be kaput.
Or such is the plan. But this will be the third such show trial, and the first two didn’t work out quite the way the nomenklatura planned: Mr. Wilders mounted a smart, effective defense, and was acquitted.
We’ll see what happens this time. But it looks like Round Three is coming up.
The PVV sent out the following brief notice this morning:
Wilders: Scandalous decision of the Public Prosecutor
PVV leader Geert Wilders finds it incomprehensible that the Public Prosecutor has identified him as a suspect.
Wilders: “It is a scandal. While the world is on fire, the Public Prosecutor is targeting a Member of Parliament who draws attention to the problems. It would be better if the Public Prosecutor spend more time focusing on Dutch jihadists who leave for Syria. More than three quarters of them are Moroccans. This decision is absurd.”
And here’s the report from Dutch News:
Geert Wilders is a Formal ‘Suspect’ For Anti-Moroccan Chants
Public prosecutors have ‘invited’ PVV leader Geert Wilders for questioning in connection with remarks he made about Moroccans last year and consider him to be a formal suspect, the department said on Thursday.
The department said in a statement Wilders is ‘suspected of having insulted a population group with respect to their race and of incitement to discrimination and hatred’.
A longer article appeared in The Appeal-Democrat:
Anti-Islam Lawmaker Investigated for Hate Speech
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors say they are investigating anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders on suspicion of inciting hatred and discrimination against Moroccans in the Netherlands.
Among comments under investigation is an election speech in March this year in which he asked supporters if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans. In response, they chanted “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!”
It is not the first time the controversial legislator has tested the limits of liberal Dutch free speech laws. In 2011, Wilders was tried and acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims.
Prosecutors announced Thursday that they have called Wilders in for questioning, but have not charged him with any crime.
Wilders calls the decision scandalous and says prosecutors should concentrate on investigating Dutch citizens, including Moroccans, who travel to Syria to fight.
Stay tuned. There will be more to come soon enough.
Hat tips for the articles: Fjordman and Steen.