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Iran asks The Netherlands to ban unreleased Quran film

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands
Feb. 16, 2008 • Monday February 18, 2008

Tehran – Iran’s IRNA press agency is reporting that Iran’s Justice Minister has written to his Dutch counterpart asking him to ban a film about the Quran by Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch right-wing populist Freedom Party.

According to IRNA, Minister Gholam-Hossein Elham wrote: “You can prevent this satanic and conspiratorial process on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Last November, Mr Wilders announced that he would make a short film about the Quran in order to show that it incites violence and hatred.

The film has not yet been released. In January, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said that the legal system in the Netherlands guarantees freedom of speech and religion and there was no means to ban the film.

The prime minister added that those who are offended by the film could always take legal action.

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