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Criminal record not preclude political career Geert Wilders

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PVV leader Geert Wilders will formally notice a little of a possible conviction for hate speech or group defamation. Even with a conviction by a criminal court may be a Dutch member of parliament. The probability that the Wilders judge takes away his right to vote, exists only in theory. The court as of today considering the controversial “less, less’ ruling the PVV leader. Although the outcome is still uncertain, any judgment Wilders will not mind getting in the way. Actually there are a few obstacles to not be allowed to sit in parliament. People under 18 years are not eligible without a Dutch passport. A criminal record does not prevent. The audit of MPs is in fact in the hands of the parties themselves. A political party does not get any information about a criminal prosecutor.

Suffrage by voting
Formally, one can judge anyone have the right to deny its candidate in the elections. But then there must be a sentence of one year imprisonment or more. PVV leader Geert Wilders is indeed formally receive maximum one year in prison if found guilty of insulting a group of people based on race and incitement to discrimination and hatred. However, taking away their right to vote is a rarity in the Netherlands. So did the OM instance the murderer of Theo Van Gogh have the right to elect and to be elected steal, but the court was not in it. The past has already produced several MPs with a criminal record. So Eric Lucassen (PVV) had a conviction for adultery on his pants and Hans Janmaat (Centre Democrats) for hate speech.

Criminal record
Actually seen Geert Wilders has already a kind of criminal record. That’s because the term ‘criminal record’ exists only in the vernacular. Justice has been working for several years with the so-called Criminal Records Registry and there is much more than just a conviction. Thus the acquittal of Geert Wilders is also included in his previous criminal case because of hate speech. In principle, recorded almost all decisions of the Public Prosecutor and all decisions of the judiciary.

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