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Binnen tien dagen arrestatiebevel tegen Wilders'
vrijdag 23 januari 2009 08:24
De Jordaanse moslimbeweging The Messenger of Allah Unites Us is opgetogen dat Geert Wilders wordt vervolgd door het Amsterdamse Gerechtshof. Juridische procedures in Jordanië zullen 'binnen tien dagen' tot een internationaal arrestatiebevel leiden.
Volgens Sheikh hebben de uitspraken van Wilders over de hele wereld geleid tot 'het verspreiden van haat en geweld'.
De islamitische actieclub startte in juni vorig jaar een boycot tegen Nederlandse producten vanwege Wilders' Koranfilm Fitna.
The Jordanians are making good on their threat to arrest the truth teller.The Baron has the translation:
‘Within 10 days arrest warrant for Wilders’
The Jordanian Muslim movement The Messenger of Allah Unites Us (TMA) is excited that Wilders will be prosecuted by the court in Amsterdam. Juridical procedures in Jordan will lead ‘within 10 days’ to an international warrant for his arrest.
‘Finally Dutch justice takes measures against these terrible crimes’ said, Zakaria Sheikh, chairman of TMA, today in De Volkskrant.
According to Sheikh, statements by Wilder lead to ‘the worldwide sowing of hatred and violence’.
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The Islamic action club (TMA) began in June last year with a boycott against Dutch products because of Wilders’ movie Fitna.
At that time a juridical procedure against the Dutch parliamentarian was initiated that had to lead to an international arrest warrant and possible extradition to Jordan. Sheikh expects the arrest warrant within 10 days.
TMA said to the Dutch newspaper that it ‘does not have any problems with the Dutch people’. ‘But these criminals must be brought to trial’, said Sheikh.
Even so the action club doesn’t want to stop its boycott against Dutch products — which presumably is a great success. ‘We have touched the hearts and minds of the consumers’, said Sheikh.
UPDATE: Paul Belien writes here
The Dutch judicial authorities are going to prosecute Geert Wilders, one of the 150 members of the Dutch Parliament, for making the movie Fitna. In this short documentary, which explains what happens if a number of verses of the Koran are taken seriously, Mr Wilders compares the Muslims’ holy book to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. He claims the Koran calls for violence against Jews and other non-Muslims. Fitna can be seen here.
The Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the views of Mr. Wilders
“constitute a criminal offence according to Dutch law … both because of their contents and the method of presentation … as a result of which hate is created. According to the Court of Appeal most statements are insulting as well since these statements substantially harm the religious esteem of the Islamic worshippers … by affecting the symbols of the Islamic belief as well.”
The Court is of the opinion that
“a criminal prosecution and a possible conviction later on … does not necessarily conflict with the freedom of expression of Wilders, since statements which create hate and grief made by politicians, taken their special responsibility into consideration, are not permitted according to European standards either.”
The Court also states that
“the instigation of hatred in a democratic society constitutes such a serious matter that a general interest is at stake in order to draw a clear boundary in the public debate.”
Since Mr. Wilders is the founder and leader of a political party, the Dutch Freedom Party PVV, which currently holds nine seats in Parliament and whose popularity is rising fast, the Court also addressed the question whether approval or disapproval of Mr. Wilders’ opinions should not be left to the electorate.