The Public Prosecutors Office may possibly ask for acquittal in the court case against Geert Wilders, the PPO let the NOS know.Will some measure of sanity prevail after all?
Wilders is accused of incitement to hatred, discrimination and insult of muslims. The Ministry of Justice is not convinced that statements by the PVV-leader are in breach of the law and hence open to punishment. The court case starts tomorrow.
The PPO never was in favour of litigation. The MoJ earlier called statements by Wilders offensive, but not illegal.
Opponents of Wilders did not agree and filed an appeal with the Court in Amsterdam. They determined that the statements were illegal after all, resulting in the PPO having to prosecute Wilders.
The MoJ will monitor the court case and will decide whether to ask for acquittal after proceeding have finished.
Not that it matters any more. The damage is done. Not to Wilders of freedom of speech, but to the authorities that decided to let this deeply tragic farce to go ahead. Elections are coming up: local first in March, parliamentary elections in May next year (If the current coalitions holds together, which is a big IF). All the signs indicate a big reckoning to come. And after that? ...
[UPDATE001] Wilders himself is supremely optimistic (NL):
Tomorrow morning trial starts. Am ready and convinced that it can only lead to acquittal. Freedom of expression will have to win.