Dutch court acquits Geert Wilders of hate speech charges
As reported by Associated Press.
“I’m incredibly happy with this acquittal on all counts,” Wilders said outside the courtroom.
“It’s not only an acquittal for me, but a victory for freedom of expression in the Netherlands. Fortunately you’re allowed to discuss Islam in public debate and you’re not muzzled in public debate. An enormous burden has fallen from my shoulders,” he said.
It is certainly good news that after many attempts to find a way to convict Mr. Wilders, the Dutch courts have ultimately done the right thing.
According to this story from the BBC however, it appears that the plaintiffs will continue to look for a way to criminalize Mr. Wilders’ speech even if they have to seek their redress from the most illegitimate dispensers of justice to be found.