This whole article reveals the psychology behind this thought crimes prosecution:
"Dutch far-right wing politician Geert Wilders was today found guilty of hate speech and inciting racial discrimination for leading a chant calling for “fewer, fewer” Moroccans in the Netherlands."
"Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker. Prosecutors had asked judges to fine him 5,000 euros ($5,300)."
In other words, as Mark Steyn has so often pointed out, the punishment is the process itself. It was not that the "conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker", it's that the punishment is the entire process of being hauled before a court of any kind, actual or kangaroo, for the "crime" of having unpopular, non-elitist thoughts.
Additionally, the financial penalty that the prosecutor asked for is so paltry, that one can only assume that it was again, the process that was meant to bankrupt Wilders, not any actual fine these witch-hunters may have wanted to impose.
I'm sure the complainant is very, very "satisfied". Note his particular use of language, it's exactly the language of the shame/honour culture that has been planted in Europe. "Dignity" has been restored to the shamed culture.
The process, where the entire weight and resources of a democratic state come crashing against you, is the ultimate punishment. It's meant to break you emotionally, professionally, economically, socially and mentally.
This is an utterly disgusting display of totalitarianism in Europe.
I'm glad Wilders is defiant and digging in.
This entire "prosecution" is yet another very sinister chapter in European history. Very dark days indeed are ahead for Europe. Individual liberty is under threat, and it's going to get much, much worse before anything gets better.