>> Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been convicted of inciting racial hatred. The charges stem from a 2014 campaign rally. Back then, he lead a group of supporters to chant they wanted fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. Wilders told them, we're going to take care of that. But Reuters correspondent Toby Sterling in Amsterdam says, he's dodged any penalty.
>> What the judges said was that amounted to inciting discrimination against Moroccans. And they declined to give them any kind of a penalty, a cash penalty, which is usually what would be kind of levied in these sort of cases. They said that as a politician, the fine probably wouldn't have meant much to him.
And just the guilty verdict itself would be punishment enough.>> The lawmaker lashing out on Tweeter. He says the conviction is madness and also convicts half of the Netherlands. Wilders says the three judges who handed down the ruling are haters of his far-right Freedom Party. But the result seems unlikely to damage his popularity.
He's currently leading in some polls before Parliamentary elections in March.>> In the past, a similar trial only served to increase his popularity. I don't think there's any chance that his supporters would be turned off by this conviction. People who oppose him and have always opposed him, will take some comfort in the fact that he has been, after a long time of being criticized for saying kinda controversial things, has actually been found guilty of crossing a line.
>> I still cannot believe it.>> In a video taped to response to the verdict, Wilders vowed he'd never be silenced. He's planning an appeal which will likely last throughout the election campaign.