“Prosecutors had initially decided not to pursue the incitement case against Wilders, saying in June 2008 that his statements were not liable to punishment, according to the Public Prosecutions Service.
It said that, though Wilders’ comments were “defamatory and hurtful to a great number of Muslims,” they fell within the limits of free speech.
The Court of Appeals overruled that decision and ordered that Wilders be prosecuted.
In addition to inciting discrimination and hatred, Wilders is charged with offending a group of people, which relates to his comparison of Islam to Nazism.
“According to Wilders, the truth about Islam must be made known, even if it is painful and unpleasant for certain people,” his statement on his party’s site said.”