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article imageThree who threatened Dutch MP Geert Wilders tried in The Hague

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By Adriana Stuijt
Feb 15, 2009 in Politics
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Death threats against anti-jihadist Dutch MP Geert Wilders are ending up in two trials in The Hague on Monday. Three youths and man are charged with death-threats and 'deeply insulting racist language' against Wilders, who is guarded night and day.
The two Dutch youths, 13 and 14, appear in a law court in The Hague on Monday for posting death-threats and 'deeply insulting racist language' on a website against Wilders. Amazingly, one of the youths -- who may by law not be identified at all -- actually appeared on a Dutch TV RTL News programme on Saturday with his advocate Eddy Nolet to explain the circumstances in which the threats were made - telling everybody that it was just a 'prank which had gotten out of hand. with the boys egging each other on'.
"First neckshot experience"
Also on Monday, in the same courtroom later that day, a 30-year-old man from the Hague is also appearing in court for threatening to kill Wilders and for comparing him to nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. This unnamed man wrote in a letter to Wilders that he 'would visit him for his first neckshot experience'. For our previous story on Wilders, see here:
Demonisation of politicians leads to murders:
Similar demonisation and hate-speech campaigns were also lodged against murdered Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, who warned just a few months before his shock assassination in the parking lot of a radio station that, 'if anything happens to me, look for the blame in the news media and the politicians who are demonising me publicly, constantly, relentlessly...'
See our previous story about Fortuyn, with the video clip in which he makes this comment, here
Since the assassination of Fortuyn, the Dutch judicial system has started cracking down hard on public hate speech and death threats. Ironically, this has also led to charges being lodged against Wilders for his public anti-jihadist campaign, which culminated in his making the film Fitna. See
Dutch premier death threat:
Another top Dutch politician is also receiving death threats, The law court in Tilburg report that in the latest such incident, a man from Tilburg had threatened to kill Dutch premier Jan Peter Balkenende in a letter, for which he will be tried, also on Monday. Under the extensive Dutch privacy laws, none of these people may be named nor their photograph published in the news media, even if they have been found guilty.
Meanwhile Wilders and his fellow MPs are also launching a countrywide tour among the electorate to explain their policies -- starting in the town of Waddinxveen on Monday. He is guarded night and day, and access to these meetings are pre-arranged through an intricate method for vetting . see
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