During a visit to Vienna two years ago, Geert Wilders called Islam an “ideology of war and hatred.” The leader of the PVV, the Netherlands’ second largest party, also said that “Islam calls on people to become terrorists, the Quran leaves no doubt about that.” Subsequently, a Muslim organisation from Vienna pressed charges against him, leading to the Austrian Public Prosecutor starting a judicial investigation.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office media spokeswoman Nina Bussek, a decision has been made earlier this year, to transfer the case to the Netherlands:”We have decided not to prosecute him here, but to transfer the case to colleagues in the Netherlands out of practical considerations.” The Dutch Public Prosecution Service has confirmed this to newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. Spokesman Vincent Veenman:”We have received a request for legal aid and are in the process of examining it.”
Wilders is charged with Verhetzung (incitement) in Austria, for which a number of politicians have already been convicted. In 2015, the German foreman of Pegida was convicted to a four-month conditional sentence for saying that “every Muslim is a potential terrorist.”
The PVV party leader spoke in 2015 on the invitation of the Austrian FPÖ and it only took a day for Muslim foreman Tarafa Baghajati to file a complaint. According to Baghajati:
“Wilders gives the impression that all Muslim are here to wage war against Europeans. It reminded me in everything of the nazi-rhetoric from the 1930’s.“
Baghajati was born in 1961, in Syria and only moved to Europe in 1986. His indictment originally also covered the organising FPÖ, but the Viennese justice department decided to just investigate Wilders.
Wilders took to Twitter, saying: