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Activst arrested for insulting King…. in Holland, but “country places high premium on free speech”

Hilarious example of double standards:

Television footage showed Jaberi using foul language in slogans referring to King Willem-Alexander and the rest of the royal family. He was then detained by police.

“He has to appear before an Amsterdam judge… for deliberately insulting the king according to Dutch law,” Loes Gerrits of the prosecutor’s office told AFP.

“He did receive a 500 euro ($568) fine, but he declined to pay. Therefore, he must now face court,” on May 27, she said.

It is a crime to deliberately insult the Dutch king or a member of the royal family, punishable with a fine of up to 20,000 euros ($22,700) or a five-year prison sentence.

But offenders are seldom prosecuted in the Netherlands, which puts a high premium on free speech.


Written by nickbiddlenoe

May 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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