The public prosecution department has rejected damages claims made by some 40 Dutch Moroccans against anti-Islam campaigner and MP Geert Wilders.

They are each demanding €500 from Wilders to compensate them for the hurt they felt after he led supporters in an anti-Moroccan chant after the last local elections.

The public prosecution department said the claimants had no legal right to damages and has told the court to reject the claims.

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