The Dutch Court has cleared the name of Geert Wilders in a highly publicized case for his alleged incitement of hatred against Muslims for his vocal criticism of Islam. The judge Marcel van Oosten accepted the argument of Wilders, leader of the popular Freedom Party, that his statements were directed at Islam, not at the Muslim believers, and ruled it as "acceptable within the context of public debate".

Geert Wilders
Geert Wilders said freedom of expression
had been at stake

Elated with verdict, Wilders said: "It's not only an acquittal for me, but a victory for freedom of expression in the Netherlands."

"Now the good news is that it's also legal to be critical about Islam, to speak publicly in a critical way about Islam and this is something that we need because the Islamisation of our societies is a major problem and a threat to our freedom and I'm allowed to say so." he added.

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