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disagree: fined or jailed, it would probably enhance his chances

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Jan 21, 2010 at 04:41

Dr Pipes let met disagree here. I follow the view of Filip de Winter as expressed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gTxc3sEfw8

commenting on the Wilders case. A fine or jail would stamp Geert Wilders legally a racist, make other parties exclude him from coalitions and by doing so reduce his chances in elections. Any TV introduction would start as "right wing political leader Geert Wilders convicted of discrimantion and incitement to racist hatred ...". Even worse, a lesser electorate with the conviction may lead to loosened protection and maybe his death. The judges and the prosecution are guilty of attacking a man that is in great danger. They are questioning his defense as illegal an immoral. The situation is not balanced. While Wilders is accused of incitement against groups, he on the other hand has nothing but his word to defend himself against groups for a group cannot be held responsible in a criminal case.

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