The three-member judiciary panel found that Mr. Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom, violated Dutch law with his remarks on March 19, 2014, but it elected not to convict him of inciting hatred, and it imposed no punishment, rejecting the prosecutors’ request to fine him 5,000 euros, or about $5,300.
Mr. Wilders was found to have violated laws on inciting discrimination and group offense when he led a crowd at a political rally around the time of municipal elections in The Hague in chanting, “Fewer, fewer” to the question “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?”
The court, however, said that Mr. Wilders was not guilty of hate-speech charges in connection with comments he made about Moroccans in a nationally broadcast TV program recorded at a public market a week before the rally.
The effect of the verdict on Mr. Wilders and on his party’s chances when the Dutch elections are held in March is unclear, but the trial seems to have improved his party’s standing, rather than diminishing it, among voters.
There it goes again baring naked Dutch hypocrisy, which finds Wilders having incited violence and discrimination and yet not fined for his crime, and nor would he serve any prison time!