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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Netherlands: Geert Wilders convicted of discriminating against Moroccans

 Netherlands: Geert Wilders convicted of discriminating against Moroccans

Netherlands: Geert Wilders convicted of discriminating against Moroccans

The Dutch Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of far-right politician Geert Wilders for collectively insulting Moroccans during a campaign rally in 2014.

Wilders was convicted in 2016 and requested a new trial, arguing the case was politically motivated and the finding limited his freedom of expression.

The court ruled on Tuesday that the rally's speech was not covered by free speech.

“Even a politician must respect the fundamental principles of the rule of law and must not incite intolerance,” Supreme Court Justice Vincent Van den Brink said in his verdict.

"With this statement, he offended a whole group of people ... in this case because of their descendants," he added.

Wilders did not receive a fine or jail time. The decision of the tribunal de grande instance cannot be appealed.

Wilders regrets the Supreme Court ruling. “The verdict is a disgrace for the Dutch rule of law,” he said afterwards.

In 2014, Wilders asked a cafe full of people if they wanted "more or less Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands."

The audience responded by chanting “less, less, less”. And Wilders said, "Well, then we'll fix it." He also said The Hague should be a city with fewer problems and, if possible, fewer Moroccans.

Wilders, whose Freedom Party (PVV) is the largest opposition force in the Dutch parliament, argued throughout the process that he had done nothing wrong and was content to openly express this that many Dutch people think.

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