British court allows anti-Islamic Duth MP to enter despite criticisms

Britain allowed anti-Islamic Dutch legislator against to enter its territory despite criticisms say his visit may spark an Islamaphobic wage.

British court allows anti-Islamic Duth MP to enter despite criticisms


Britain allowed on Tuesday anti-Islamic Dutch legislator against to enter its territory despite criticisms say his visit may spark an Islamaphobic wage.

Geert Wilders was barred in February because British ministers said his presence would threaten community harmony and public safety.

He had planned to show his film "Fitna", which feed bias against Islam, making a link between the Koran to violence, in the British parliament but was turned back after landing at London's Heathrow Airport.

Britain's Asylum and Immigration Tribunal has now overturned that decision following a challenge by Wilders, meaning he could now be allowed into the country.

"It's a fantastic decision," Wilders told Reuters.

Wilders said he had no specific travel plans but would return to Britain "as soon as it's possible".

London expressed disappointment at the court's decision.

"The government opposes extremism in all its forms," a Home Office spokesman said. "The decision to refuse Wilders admission was taken on the basis that his presence could have inflamed tensions between our communities and have led to inter-faith violence. We still maintain this view."

Wilders, who has insulted Islam, comparing it to Nazism, faces prosecution in an Amsterdam court for inciting hatred and discrimination.

His travel ban caused a diplomatic spat. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen phoned his British counterpart to express his displeasure that a Dutch member of parliament had been barred from entering another EU country.

Reuters

Last Mod: 14 Ekim 2009, 03:22
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