Jordan charges Dutch MP over anti-Islam film

A Jordanian prosecutor charged far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders on Tuesday with blasphemy and violation of publishing laws over his anti-Islam film.

Jordan charges Dutch MP over anti-Islam film
Jordan's publishing laws ban insults against Islam and religions.

The charges also include defamation and violation of online publishing laws, according to Tarek Hawamdeh, a lawyer for some 30 Jordanian media outlets which filed an official complaint earlier this month seeking court action against Wilders.

Wilders's 17-minute film "Fitna" ("discord" in Arabic), has sparked uproar in Muslim countries.

"Punishment could be up to three years in jail. Wilders has been summoned to appear before the court. He will be given 15 days to comply, otherwise, an arrest warrant might be issued through the Interpol," Hawamdeh said.

Dutch prosecutors said Monday that the Wilders's documentary, though offensive to Muslims, did not give rise to a punishable offence.

"The kingdom has condemned the film and some Jordanian MPs called for Amman to break diplomatic relations with The Hague.

Agencies
Last Mod: 01 Temmuz 2008, 18:15
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