Geert Wilders, the leader of Holland's far-right-wing Freedom Party was acquitted of charges for inciting hatred and discrimination. Wilders was charged with making a series of inflammatory remarks, including a comparison between the Koran and Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
In 2008, Wilders produced a short film called Fitna, which urged Muslims to tear hate-preaching verses from the Koran.
Amsterdam District Court Judge Marcel van Oosten ruled that although insensitive, Wilders' words and actions were protected by free speech laws.
You have spoken in a hurtful and also shocking way, Judge van Oosten said before the court. Even so, the court finds, in the broadest context, that you have to be able to propagate the message of such a film.
I am delighted with this ruling, Wilders stated on his website.
It is a victory, not only for me but for all the Dutch people. Today is a victory for freedom of speech. The Dutch are still allowed to speak critically about Islam, and resistance against Islamisation is not a crime. I have spoken, I speak and I shall continue to speak.
Below are the first two of four parts of Fitna.
WARNING: These videos contains graphic images and violent language.