The court has ruled that the statements made by the suspect in the video should be regarded as incitement to murder, sedition and threat. The words used by the suspect are explicit: he promises to pay a considerable sum of money to anyone who engages in a specific act, namely the killing of Mr Wilders. The video was posted at a time when fierce demonstrations were being held against Mr Wilders, particularly in Pakistan, involving the burning of the Dutch national flag and others were also calling for the murder of Mr Wilders. It is therefore very likely that someone - anywhere in the world - would feel compelled to act on this call.
First and foremost, the suspect seriously breached the privacy of Mr Wilders by engaging in his acts. During a period when Wilders encountered much hatred and received many threats due to the announcement of a cartoon content, the suspect proceeded to fuel the flames and even went as far as enticing people to kill Mr Wilders.
The suspect's acts also constitute a violation of the Dutch democratic state under the rule of law. The statements made by the suspect not only contributed to the hate and threats made to Mr Wilders, they also constituted a risk that free speech in the Netherlands is limited to unacceptable levels and that elected representatives are no longer free to perform their essential task within the democratic legal order. The court has taken this into consideration in determining the punishment. The court wishes to set an example by imposing this punishment. It should be clear, not only to the suspect, but to everyone that such offences could result in severe punishments.
The court finds that term of imprisonment of 12 years, as demanded by the public prosecutor, is appropriate and necessary and therefore imposes this punishment on the suspect.