Many may recall the infamous Dutch right-wing parliamentarian Geert Wilder who had produced a movie called FITNA a year or so back where he had degraded the Holy Koran calling it a fascist book and even compared it to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
BBC has just reported that a Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements. The court outlined that hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to draw a clear line
BBC: “The Amsterdam appeals court has ordered the prosecution of member of parliament Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs,” the court said in a statement. “The court also considers appropriate criminal prosecution for insulting Muslim worshippers because of comparisons between Islam and Nazism made by Wilders,” it added.
This Anti-Islamic controversial video had created an uproar in early 2008 when it was first released by Geert Wilders, the problems arose almost immediately a day after it was posted on Live Leak, where the host deleted the video from it servers, Geert then uploaded it on Youtube, which lead to a blanket censorship by the Government of Pakistan blocking the YouTube video in Pakistan. But quite by accident this censorship accidentally got uploaded onto global network routers resulting in a massive 2-hour network outage of youtube.com servers across the world, leading Pakistan Telecommunication Authorities to some heartfelt embarrassing apologies to tender.
It was also fun to note that despite all the hype surrounding the video, Geert Wilders was forced to edit certain sections of his video due to copyright infringements as he had utilized certain cartoons from a certain danish cartoonist without permission.
This was soon followed by tremendous pressure from Dutch businessmen, threatening to sue his as his fitna video damaged the Dutch name and repercussions will impact their global business interests
“If they (Muslims) decide to boycott Dutch businesses, it will harm Dutch exports,” Bernard Wientjes, the chairman of the Dutch employers’ organization “Companies like Shell, Philips and Unilever are easily recognizable as Dutch companies.”
To now watch Geert Wilders face court charges …… we all anxiously await the courts decision