A Dutch court has cleared far-right politician Geert Wilders of inciting hatred, with his anti-Islam comments deemed legitimate political debate.

The MP faced five counts of inciting hatred among Muslims following his controversial statements attacking Islam, which he compared to Nazism.

But the court ruled his comments, while offensive to many Muslims, fell within the bounds of legitimate political debate and cleared him of all charges.

Presiding judge Marcel van Oosten said Mr Wilders’ public claims must be seen in a wider context of debate over immigration policy.

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