Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ups and downs of Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician whose short film Fitna (view it here) provoked such controversy a few months ago, has his share of news, both good and bad.

On the good side, the Dutch Ministry of Justice decided on June 30 not to prosecute him for inciting hatred against Muslims. There are rumors that various Dutch organizations, Muslim and non-Muslim, may appeal the decision. Back in April, a Dutch judge dismissed a similar case.

On the bad side, a Jordanian prosecutor has charged him with blasphemy and contempt of Muslims, ordering him to stand trial in Jordan. The Jordanian government may ask for an international arrest warrant through Interpol; the Dutch government could protest that move. Jordan may also ask other nations to arrest Wilders if he is on their soil. Read Jihad Watch for more.

The Jordanians may put a crimp in Wilders travel plans, but not his ambitions. He is planning a sequel to Fitna.

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