The Hague District Court ruled that the views expressed by right-wing legislator Geert Wilders in his _Fitna’ film do not exceed the legal boundaries against inciting hatred or violence and as a politician, he is not barred from voicing his criticism against radical Islam or the Quran. The ruling said Wilders “must be able to – sometimes in sharp terms – express his opinions. In this context, it cannot be said that (Wilders’) statements – even though provocative – are an incitement to hate or violence against Muslims.” Wilders responded by welcoming the ruling, emphasizing the importance of political debate and the freedom to be able to say what you think.
A Dutch court announced that it will hear a complaint lodged by Muslim groups seeking to stop Geert Wilders from releasing a film criticizing the Quran. Hague District Court spokesperson Paula Koning said that the complaint filed by the Dutch Islamic Federation will be heard on March 28th. No legal barriers prevent Wilders from releasing his film before this date. The 15-minute movie is expected to be released by the end of the month, and available for viewing on the film’s website.