6 September 2013
The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that the Netherlands was liable for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in a ruling upholding a 2011 decision in an appeals court. The three Bosnian Muslim men had been ordered to leave a UN compound run by Dutch peacekeeping forces when Bosnian Serb forces overran it. They were among thousands taking shelter in the compound. The prosecution argued that the three men should have been protected by the peacekeepers, while the Dutch government had argued that the soldiers were under United Nations’ control.
This final ruling means that relatives of the victims can now claim compensation from the Dutch state.
Far-right lawmaker and filmmaker Geert Wilders has lost a legal bid to stop his pending trial for inciting hatred ad discrimination against Muslims. “The Attorney-General is of the opinion that there are no grounds” for a further appeal, the Dutch Supreme Court said in a statement. Lawyers for Wilders sought to overturn a ruling but the Amsterdam appeals court that he should be prosecuted for a series of public anti-Muslim sentiments – and in particular, for comparing Islam to Nazism. The appeals court judgment followed numerous complaints form citizens over the prosecution service’s initial refusal to press charges against Wilders. Wilder, 45, is the maker of a 17-minute film, Fitna, which has been called “offensively anti-Islamic” by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.