Pakistani international cricketer Khalid Latif, who put a bounty on his head for the murder of Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the Netherlands.
Hz. A court in the Netherlands held a trial in absentia against former cricketer Latif, who placed a 21 thousand euro bounty on Wilders’ head for organizing a cartoon contest on the subject of Muhammad.
In its decision on Monday, the Hague District Court said, “The court ruled that the suspect’s statements should be considered as an attempt to incite, incite and threaten murder. The words used by the suspect are clear: He promises a significant amount of money to perform a certain action and kill Wilders.” he said.
Prosecutors stated in the indictment that the leader of the Freedom Party accused people of the Prophet Muhammad in 2018. It was reported that Latif offered a cash reward to those who would assassinate Wilders after he organized a contest calling for submissions of Muhammad caricatures.
Latif, who lives in Pakistan, was not present at the hearing and did not retain a lawyer. According to local media, this is the first time a court in the Netherlands has convicted a non-Dutch person living abroad. There is no extradition agreement between the two countries.
‘If there was more, I would give it’
Geert Wilders’ Hz. The cartoon contest on Muhammad caused reactions from Muslims around the world.
Latif, a well-known figure in Pakistan, promised 3 million Pakistani rupees to “the person who will kill the person who planned this game” in a video he shared on social media and said, “If it was more, I would give it.” he said.
Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands at the time, condemned the cartoon contest as “provocative” and emphasized that Wilders was not part of the government. Wilders later canceled the contest.