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Wilders calls conviction is 'insanity', against 'half the Netherlands'

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders sits in a courtroom of the courthouse in Schiphol, Netherlands March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Kooren/File Photo

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders said his conviction on Friday of insulting a group and inciting discrimination was “insanity” and said the three judges who handed down the ruling were “haters” of his far-right Freedom Party (PVV).

“Three PVV-hating judges declare Moroccans a race and convict me and half of the Netherlands. Insane,” he wrote in a tweet shortly after the verdict.

(This version of the story corrects to show precise charges on which Wilders was convicted)

Reporting By Thomas Escritt, editing by Larry King

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