Geert Wilders, the courageous Dutch political leader of the Freedom Party in the Hague Parliament is facing a trial on January 20th. Yesterday, the Public Prosecutor issued a summons - see it here. It contains a chronicle of alleged violations of Dutch hate law concerning his criticism of Islam captured in his film Fitna and public statements in both the press and debates in the Hague Parliament. Wilders counsel has filed objections to this misguided prosecution arising from the flawed decision of the Amsterdam Court.
Wilders deserves international support in preparing for this "show trial" that effectively criminalizes his free speech. We expect that his rigorous and withering defense led by worthy counsel, Bram Moszkowicz will defeat this attempt by left apologists for the Dutch radical Islamists to muzzle his free speech and forrthright crriticism of Islam.
Note this statement that Wilders sent along with a copy of the summons:
Geert Wilders receives summons: a sledgehammer blow to the freedom of speech
The 20th of January 2010 will be a crucial day for defending our freedom. This is the day when the political trial against Geert Wilders will start. Yesterday, Geert Wilders was summoned by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) on behalf of the Court of Justice of
Geert Wilders: "On the 20th of January
In earlier stages, the PPS did not see any reason to prosecute Mr. Wilders.
Bram Moszkowicz, the lawyer on the case at hand, has submitted a notice of objection to the summons on the point of group insult on behalf of Geert Wilders. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the
Prosecuting courageous Mr Wilders is not only a blow to free speech in Holland, but it is blight on the face of the Dutch. This is especially sad given the reality of the Dutch being complicit in the Nazi era when they extensively co-operated with the Germans. (The exception was Anna Frank being hidden and this is milked for all its worth, sponsored by Government funding.) Its time the Dutch woke up to the treasure they have in Mr Wilders. He is an honest and courageous man and should be honored not persecuted.
As I read it - that summons was written with a tactical view to lose the case (while saving the face of the PP). I anticipate this to be a rollover judgment in favour of GW - and will save my indignation until it is proven otherwise... (unfortunately still a real possibility)