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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 07:01 AM
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15. Fitna is only part of the charges
The charges relate to comments Wilders made in a variety of media between 2006 and 2008. They include an October 2006 interview with the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant in which he said he wanted to stop the "tsunami of Islamisation," and another in September 2007 with Radio Netherlands in which he said the Quran should be banned.

Wilders' film "Fitna," which he released online in March 2008 to international outcry, is also part of the charges against him. The film features disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran in order to paint Islam as a threat to Western society.

Wilders faces five charges of religious insult and anti-Muslim incitement after a court last week dismissed his final challenge against the pending prosecution.

He stands accused of insulting Muslims by describing Islam as a fascist religion and calling for the banning of the Koran.

He is also charged with inciting hatred and discrimination for stating that Moroccan youths were violent, calling for Dutch borders to be closed to all "non-western immigrants", and advocating an end to what he terms "the Islamic invasion."

Wilders faces up to one year in jail if convicted.

His 17-minute film, Fitna, was called "offensively anti-Islamic" by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after its screening in the Netherlands in 2008 prompted protests in much of the Muslim world.

Wilders has been charged for more than 100 public statements, including remarks comparing the Koran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and calling for it to be banned in the Netherlands.

He also produced the short film "Fitna," which offended Muslims around the world by juxtaposing Koranic verses with images of terrorism by Islamic radicals.

Ironic that he's calling for the banning of the Koran, and defending what he says as free speech.
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