View Full Version : French Human Rights organization sues Wilders over New York Speech

03-26-2009, 10:25 PM
Since when does a French court have extraterritorial rights to muzzle free speech in the US.

Geert Wilders has become the lightening rod for legal attacks by leftist allies of Islamists in Eurabia. Islam in Europe blog had this report about a French Human rights group that brought a cause of action under French law, concerning truth telling remarks in his New York speech last September.

Note this bizzare basis for the French legal action and Wilders response.

"Wilders made statements about French Muslims, about Muslims in Paris and Marseilles, which incite to racial hatred," says lawyer Yassine Bouzrou.

He lodged the complaint on behalf of the organization, which is being studied by the public prosecution. If Wilders is found guilty, he can be sentenced for one year in prison.

Wilders was not aware of the complaint yesterday evening. "I hear this for the the first time," he said. "The wold is becoming small with trials and procedures everywhere: from the Netherlands, Jordan and England to France. Dreadful. But I'll naturally fight back judicially. They won't prevail over me."

Last week the PVV head signed an official appeal against the UK's refusal to let him into the country.

The French complaint is based on Wilders' speech in New York last September. "Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods," he said then. "Many neighbourhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves."

He called the riots in the suburbs in 2005 a "Muslim intifada". Bouzrou came to the conclusion that the expressions are criminal. "Wilders says in that speech also that one in three French Muslims supports suicide attacks. With that he suggests that one in three French Muslims is a potential terrorist. Where he does he get all of this? How did he get ot it? Wilders makes serious accusations which are based on nothing."

Bouzrou made the complaint for the French human rights organization ADDH. They work together with the Collective against Islamophobia in the fight against Muslim hatred.

This is patently Kafkaesque and Orwellian. Since when does a French court have extraterritorial rights to muzzle free speech in the US. Sources close to Wilders inform us that the Dutch Supreme Court is currently reviewing a motion to dismiss the case brought by his lawyers. A recent Dutch supreme court decision has effectively de-crimninalized criticism of Islam the basis of the Amsterdam appeals court decision and criminal prosecution of Wilders. Wilders will speak via a video recording at the forthcoming New English Review symposium scheduled for May 29th and 30th in Nashville.

Errata Sheet:

For "French Human Rights Organization, ADDH"

Read "a French organization, ADDH, that in this instance at least is clearly being exploited by Muslim members for their very own, quite different, purposes that have nothing to do with the stated mission of ADDH (Académie du Développement Durable et Humain)."