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The Dutch court finds Wilders guilty of the insult but dismisses the charges of discrimination

September 5, 2020

An appeals court found Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders guilty of offending Moroccan citizens during a rally in 2014 but dropped the hate crime charges.

Amsterdam judges did not sentence Wilders and overturned the previous decision for which he was convicted of incitement to hatred.

Wilders promised to take his case as far as necessary, asserting that his allegation was “politically motivated” and accused the Netherlands of being a “corrupt country” that does not allow freedom of expression.

The Dutch court finds Wilders guilty of the insult but dismisses the charges of discriminationThe Dutch court finds Wilders guilty of the insult but dismisses the charges of discrimination

The prosecutor had requested a fine of 5,000 euros, but the court estimated that after receiving threats, he paid a price for his statements.

The allegation against Wilders is based on an anti-Islamist speech from 2014 in which he asked a crowd if they wanted more or less Moroccans in the Netherlands while he sang “less, less”.

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