Netherlands court rejected bias claim in hate speech case

On May 23, 2011, an Amsterdam court rejected claims by Dutch politician Geert Wilders that hate speech charges against him should be dropped and ordered his suspended trial to continue. He was accused of calling Islam "fascist," drawing comparisons between the Quran and Mein Kampf and advocating for laws that would bar Muslims from immigrating to the Netherlands. Wilders maintained that his remarks were part of a legitimate political debate and protected by his right to free speech. Prosecutors had determined in October 2010 that Wilders' statements were directed at Islam and not Muslims individually, and also decided that his comments did not establish that he intended to incite violence.


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