View Full Version : Wilders Wins Appeal of Entry Ban

10-13-2009, 01:25 PM
Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has won an appeal against a Home Office decision barring his entry to the UK.

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruling overturns a government decision that led to Mr Wilder being turned back at Heathrow in February.

The Freedom Party leader - who has been accused of Islamophobia - was due at a House of Lords' screening of his film linking the Koran to terrorism.

The Home Office said it was disappointed at the new ruling.

A spokesman said: "We are disappointed by the court's decision. The government opposes extremism in all its forms.

"The decision to refuse Wilders admission was taken on the basis that his presence could have inflamed tensions between our communities and have led to inter-faith violence. We still maintain this view."

Mr Wilders faces trial in his own country for inciting hatred.

In February, he had been invited to the House of Lords to show his controversial film Fitna, which caused outrage across the Muslim world when it was posted on the internet last year.

When he was refused entry, Mr Wilders told the BBC it was a "very sad day" for UK democracy.

"I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm not protesting or running through the streets of London," he said.

"Democracy means differences and debate. It's a very sad day when the UK bans an elected parliamentarian."

He had been invited to the House of Lords by the UK Independence Party's Lord Pearson.

The peer said it was a "matter of free speech", telling the BBC: "We are going to show it anyway because we think MPs and peers should see this film."

Source (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8304926.stm)