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Sunday, 22 March 2009

Geert Wilders to Sue the British Government?

Hat tip: Keep Tony Blair for PM

It seems that Geert Wilders has filed a complaint with a British court over the Government's decision to deny him entry to Britain and then deport him in February 2009.

The article is not very specific about just what this means, however:

'The Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, the author of a controversial film on Islam, stated on Friday that he has filed a complaint at a London court after the British authorities denied him entry into the country in February.

“I addressed the court and sought asylum and entrance into Great Britain” said Geert Wilders, the head of the PVV (Party for Freedom), which have 9 of the 150 seats in parliament. Wilders is the director of the film “Fitna”, which advocates the stance that Islam equals violence.

Wilders was returned to the Netherlands after he was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Wilders explained that he has one British and one Dutch lawyer, and that in 28 days time he will know that date of the first discussion that he will attend if the British allow him. The British Ministry of Justice could not comment the case.

The Dutch premier Jan Peter Balkenende voiced disappointment and discontent to his British colleague Gordon Brown after Wilders was arrested.'


Dr.D said...

Is Wilders saying that at the time he was denied entry he was seek asylum, or that he is now seeking asylum?

Either way, it sounds rather strange for a member of the Dutch Parliament!

Anonymous said...

I hope he this is true, it'll be hilarious if a British court insists that Britain allow him to come to Britain to appear at court.

The Venerable 1st Earl of Cromer said...

Dr. D:

It's not really clear, but my guess is he might be trying to play the asylum card now to see how it works. After all, he does get nearly 300 death threats a year, he might as well give it a try.

The Venerable 1st Earl of Cromer said...


It would indeed be hilarious, and Jacqui Smith needs such a scandal like she needs a second home allowance. I hope it comes to something.