Justice minister Hirsch Ballin directing prosecution of Geert Wilders

Hirsch Ballin directing prosecution of Geert WildersDutch biggest newspaper "De Telegraaf" today broke the story that the political trial against Geert Wilders is the direct result of ministerial intervention. The paper has proof that minister Hirsch Ballin (CDA) has personally involved himself in researching, steering and directing the prosecution of Geert Wilders.

Minister Hirsch Ballin is a vocal opponent of Geert Wilders. He is also against the planned coalition between his party (CDA) and the liberal VVD party, a coalition that depends on parliamentary support from Geert Wilders' PVV. But although justice minister Hirisch Ballin is also a member of the Christian Democrats that try to form that government, he belongs to a fraction of that party that is trying openly to derail this planned coalition government.

In Holland the justice minister normally keeps his distance from the actual court cases. But in this highly sensitive and political case, the minister seems to have put his priorities differently. Remember this is the same minister who also revoked the security of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, organized the SWAT raid and arrest of an cartoonist and who has extorted Wilders with death threats and prosecution in the past.

The paper now shows that under Hirsch Ballin the Justice department has asked Rick Lawson, professor European law, for advice on the prosecution on Wilders. In a 10 page report Lawson advised to prosecute Geert Wilders. It was this advice that got a very warm reception at the prosecutor offices in Amsterdam and Then Hague. The newspaper cites some e-mails exchanges of the departments:
"What a fantastic work!"

"Monday we meeting with the justice minister about this advice. We now work very hard to get as much input as possible for this meeting to Harm Brouwer (Head of the justice department). Any input is welcome!"
The lawyer of Geert Wilders, mr. Bram Moszkowicz is amazed: “This shows that not only the highest ministerial levels were speaking about the possibility of prosecution of my client, but that there even is an substantive political involvement in the decision to prosecute.

See also:
Wilders Trial - Day 4
Wilders Trial - Day 3
Wilders Trial - Day 3: Testimony of Arabist Simon Admiraal on Islam
Wilders Trial - Day 3: Testimony of Wafa Sultan on Islam
Wilders Trial - Day 2
Justice minister Hirsch Ballin directing prosecution of Geert Wilders
Wilder Trial - Day 1
Wilders trial: Court rejects 15 out of 18 witnesses for the defence
Breaking: Geert Wilders on trial January 20th 2010

More stories about Hirsch Ballin on Kleinverzet:
Jihad against Wilders
The Hunt for Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Justice Minister: Wilders obstructs security preperations

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