Conspiracy theorist Wouter R. gets jail for threats and incitement

The Public Prosecution Service had demanded nine months’ unconditional imprisonment.

Boundary crossed

According to the police judge, Wouter R. has crossed the line of freedom of expression. R. has been spreading unsubstantiated stories via the internet about a satanistic pedophile network in Bodegraven for a year now. He says, among other things, that the municipality, the lawyer and Van Dissel are guilty of concealing child abuse.

Since the stories have been circulating, it has been restless in the South Holland municipality of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk. At the beginning of this year, for example, dozens of people protested at the Vredehof cemetery. They placed flowers and action signs on graves where they believe the dead were “murdered by a satanist pedo network,” a conspiracy theory widely used among QAnon supporters.

The municipality subsequently reported the disturbance of the burial peace by conspiracy theorists and their sympathizers. “It is very painful and sometimes even threatening for the relatives of the deceased and for people who are wrongly accused,” the mayor said at the time.

Threat and Incitement

According to the court, R. is guilty of threatening the lawyer of the municipality of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk. R. addressed the lawyer several times via his online platform. He said, for example, “You just come before a military tribunal and there you will be sentenced to death as far as I am concerned.”

R. was also found guilty of incitement, because he had made an appeal on an online platform to disrupt a meeting where Jaap van Dissel would receive a prize. He started a video of demonstrations that ends with black screen and the sound of an explosion. “This is what we have to do,” he said. Afterwards, R. mentioned the date and location of the ceremony.

The municipality wants R. and the two other conspiracy theorists to stop using the platform. They have filed a lawsuit for this. The verdict is on July 8.

Source: RTL Nieuws by

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