Turkish prosecutors launched a formal investigation into right-wing populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders over a 15 February, 2021 tweet in which he called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “Terrorist”.
Geert Wilders, the Dutch-extremist has gotten into legal trouble repeatedly in his home country, getting sued and receiving death threats from Islamist’s abroad for his provocative comments on Islam in the Netherlands and Europe.
In a separate tweet, Wilders wrote that it was time that Prime Minister Mark Rutte “shows guts and tackles the ISIS supported terrorist Erdogan, stops his influence in the Netherlands, expels Turkey from NATO and expels the Turkish ambassador.
The comments came amid demands by a group of lawmakers including Wilders that the cabinet release a confidential report by the Dutch National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security (NCTV) on the Turkish leader’s alleged role in the rise of Salafism.
Turkish presidential spokesman Fahrettin Altun dismissed Wilders’ comments, suggesting that he and his “merry band of neo-Nazis” never “amounted to anything”, and expressing concerns that some of Europe’s “seemingly moderate governments and ostensibly responsible policymakers” seem to share some of his views?
This isn’t the first time that Wilders, one of Europe’s most prominent opposition politicians from the populist right, has gotten into legal trouble with the Turks.
Last October, Erdogan’s office filed a complaint against Wilders over his repeated attacks on the Turkish president’s “personality, dignity and reputation”, including a controversial cartoon of the leader wearing a bomb for a hat, and a separate image of a sinking ship featuring a Turkish flag.
Wilders tweeted the insults after Erdogan made comments questioning the mental health of French President Emmanuel Macron when the latter announced a crackdown on political Islam.
In September 2020, an appeals court acquitted Wilders of a separate case on discrimination, while holding up a conviction for intentionally insulting Moroccans. In 2011, Wilders was acquitted on charges of hate speech over comments comparing Islam to Nazism.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Religious News 2021.