Paul Cliteur is a professor in Leiden, The Netherlands, a member of the Senate with Forum for Democracy, and the author of, among others, The State vs Wilders. Cliteur commented on the curious verdict recently announced against Geert Wilders.
Cliteur toldDe Dagelijkse Standaardthat while the Court of Appeals in the Hague convicted Geert Wilders of group insult for his statement about “fewer Moroccans” he was acquitted despite the attempts by the Public Prosecutor to convict him for incitement to hate or discrimination.
Though it is naturally a disappointment that Wilders was not cleared of all charges, it is nevertheless a small success that now, all of a sudden, the incitement to discrimination on the grounds of race has disappeared. That has taken the sting out of the conviction, because only the group insult on the basis of race remains, argued Cliteur.
It is quite a backward move…
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