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Defiant Dutch MP Wants To Sue British Home Secretary Over Ban

By Tabatha Kaplan     Feb 13, 2009 in World
A defiant Geert Wilders has stated he is seriously considering legal action against the British Home Secretary. Jacqui Smith took the extraordinary step of banning Wilders from the UK after he was invited to the House Of Lords to screen his film 'Fitna'.
The defiant Dutchman, Geert Wilders, is 'considering' taking legal action against Jacqui Smith. Smith, the British Home Secretary, took the extraordinary step of banning Wilders from entering the UK - despite him being an invited guest to the House Or Lords where he was due to show his film 'Fitna'.
A legal action against Smith would gain the support of the Dutch government. It would also exacerbate the tension between London and Amsterdam.
Mr Wilders said he was looking to take legal action against the Home Secretary for "blatant discrimination" in the High Court or International Court in the Hague.
The Dutch Politician and film maker was sent back to Holland on Thursday night after trying to enter Britain.
Mr Wilders had been invited to Westminster by Ukip peer Lord Pearson to show is 17 minute film Fitna, which suggests the Quran is a "facist book".
Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch foreign minister is understandably livid with the Home Office's decision.
He said he would back Wilders in a possible decision to bring a case against the British Government's "disgraceful decision".
Mr Verhagen said: "Everybody, but especially a Parliamentarian from an European Union member country, has the right to freedom of speech."
In the film Mr Wilders juxtaposes images of the Quran with footage of the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks and other terrorist atrocities.
It was screened to a small audience in the House of Lords on Thursday afternoon by Lord Pearson, a Ukip peer, and Baroness Cox, a cross bencher, despite Mr Wilders' absence.
The matter could be raised as soon as next week at the European Parliament.
Thijs Berman, a Dutch EU Socialist Parliamentarian, said he will discuss the case during Tuesday's socialist EU Parliamentarians meeting in Brussels.
He said he was keen to obtain an "official rebuke" of Britain because the country had made a "totally wrong decision" by banning Mr Wilders.
He said: "Politicians must be allowed to do their work and EU member states are all democratic countries. Allowing Mr Wilders to enter Britain would have strengthened democracy within the EU."
Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, refused Mr Wilders entry because his opinions "would threaten community security and therefore public security''.
However, the ban was only activated after Muslim peer Lord Ahmed threatened to mobilise ten thousand Muslims to march on parliament as a protest against 'Fitna' and Geert Wilders.
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