Dutch far-right wing politician Geert Wilders was today found guilty of hate speech and inciting racial discrimination for leading a chant calling for "fewer, fewer" Moroccans in the Netherlands.
Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker. Prosecutors had asked judges to fine him 5,000 euros ($5,300).
Abdou Menebhi, one of the complainants, said that he was "satisfied". He told The Daily Telegraph: "For the first time, Wilders has been condemned for racism and discrimination: half a million people feel the threat of Wilders every day. This gives us trust in the legal process. I hope people who vote for Wilders will listen."
Meanwhile Lucien Nix, a solicitor for the council of Moroccan mosques in Holland added that his clients would be discussing whether they could bring a civil process after this ruling.
"The Netherlands can take a deep breath of relief," he added. "Moroccan Dutch people have felt robbed of their dignity and a heightened sense of discrimination. We have waited for this for a long time."