Sunday 23 July 2017

MP stands by anti-Islam comments

Bruno Waterfield in Brussels

GEERT Wilders, the anti-Islamic politician, told a Dutch court yesterday that he stood by his opinions that the 'Koran' was a fascist book and Islam was as dangerous as Nazism, as he went on trial for inciting racial hatred.

The flamboyant MP, who holds the balance of power in the Netherlands after coming third in recent national elections on an anti-Muslim platform, told judges he had no regrets over the comments.

Mr Wilders is being prosecuted for describing the 'Koran' as fascist and for comparing it with Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' -- banned in the Netherlands. In March, 2008, he released a film called 'Fitna', Arabic for strife, which linked the 'Koran' to anti-Semitism and urged that "Islamic ideology had to be defeated".

Prosecutors pointed to remarks he had made in recent years, citing one opinion piece in which he wrote: "I've had enough of Islam in the Netherlands; let not one more Muslim immigrate."

Mr Wilders faces five charges of inciting racial hatred between October 2006 and March 2008. If found guilty, he faces a year in prison or a €7,600 fine. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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