An anti-Islam activist who tore pages from the Quran in front of the Dutch parliament building in January and called it a “fascist book” is being investigated on suspicion of insulting Muslims, prosecutors said Friday.
The actions of Edwin Wagensveld, leader of the Dutch branch of the far-right Pegida movement, and the burning of a Koran by a Danish far-right activist outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm in the same month sparked protests in many Muslim-majority countries around the world.
Desecration of Islam’s holy book is not a crime in the Netherlands, prosecutors said, adding that Wagensveld’s comments about damaging the Quran were an illegal insult to the Muslim community.
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In a written statement, The Hague’s Public Prosecution Service said his comments were suspected of violating an article of the Dutch Penal Code “which states that intentionally insulting a group of people because of their religion or belief is a crime”. Is.”
Wagensveld was not mentioned by name in the statement, in line with Dutch privacy regulations, but referred to a 54-year-old Dutch national living in Germany.
“The Dutch police will question the suspect in this case,” prosecutors said.
On Twitter, Wagensveld retweeted a post by a supporter calling the action an abuse of power.
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