Dutch cabinet warns lawmaker against anti-Koran film

Two Dutch cabinet ministers have held a meeting with Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders to dissuade him from releasing his anit-Islam film, Radio Netherlands reported Wednesday.

Dutch cabinet warns lawmaker against anti-Koran film
Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin and Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen met Wilders on behalf of the Dutch cabinet. They warned him that he could face prosecution for bringing out the film, the report said.

The Dutch government is concerned that the film, due to be released in March, would damage the reputation of the Netherlands and to have consequences for Dutch businesses abroad.

Wilders is the leader of the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV) which has nine seats in the lower house of Dutch parliament.

Wilders calls for the banning of the Koran in the Netherlands.

He said he will try to show the film via an official broadcaster. Meanwhile he has set up a separate website where the film will be shown in any event. Wilders also plans to put the film on the YouTube website.

Amsterdam's Public Prosecutor has for some time been investigating the possibility of taking the lawmaker to court because of his inflammatory public statements.

Agencies

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