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Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders has been found guilty of hate speech for leading a chant against Moroccans in a 2014 campaign rally.

A court in Amsterdam on Friday found the firebrand anti-Islam politician guilty on charges of discrimination and inciting hatred in the speech, which it said abused the boundaries of free speech.

However, Wilders will not face a penalty for the ruling. He will also be able to keep his role as a member of the Dutch parliament and his conviction would also not rule him out of a ministerial position in the future.

"A guilty verdict is punishment enough for a democratically elected politician," the presiding judge, Hendrik Steenhuis, said.

Wilders, who did not attend court on Friday and has said he would ignore the ruling, hit back at the judges, accusing them of attacking free speech in a filmed statement posted on Twitter.

In comments directed at the judges, Wilders said: "You have restricted the freedom of speech of millions of Dutch and, hence, convicted everyone. No one trusts you anymore."

He called the judges "completely out of touch" in the video, which was released in Dutch and in English.

He has said he will appeal the ruling.

The state prosecution service had been pursuing a monetary fine of 5,000 euros (5,283 dollars).

Wilders' far-right Party for Freedom took a lead in the polls shortly after the trial began. The Netherlands is holding parliamentary elections in 2017.

Experts had said before the ruling that a guilty verdict could even give Wilders and his party a significant boost in the upcoming vote.

During a speech in the spring of 2014, Wilders asked the crowd if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. He then led the chant for "fewer, fewer" Moroccans.

Over 6,000 complaints were filed after the speech.

He was acquitted of similar charges in 2011.

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