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A Dutch court has refused to grant an injunction against a politician's anti-Islam film, whose release on the internet last month sparked protest across the Muslim world.

Lawyers representing the Netherlands Islamic Federation had sought an injunction to end the broadcast of right-wing legislator Geert Wilders's film, Fitna, saying it was insulting to Muslims.

A civil judge at The Hague district court said in his ruling, however, that Wilders's right to free speech permits him to publicly criticize radical Islam and passages of the Qur'an.

The film quotes verses of the holy Islamic text alongside footage of terrorist attacks in the United States and Spain, at times showing graphic footage of bloody, mutilated bodies set to music, and even a beheading of a Caucasian man by men garbed in black.

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