Former Pakistani cricketer Khalid Latif has been handed a 12-year prison sentence for his involvement in inciting violence against Dutch leader Geert Wilders. This judgment was delivered by a Dutch court, even though Latif resides in Pakistan and did not attend the trial in person.

The court has ruled that Latif’s actions constituted incitement to murder, sedition, and threats against Geert Wilders, a prominent Dutch politician. In 2018, Latif posted a video offering a reward for Wilders’ assassination, which emerged following Wilders’ announcement of a controversial cartoon contest featuring caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, later canceled.

It’s essential to note that within Islam, depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are considered forbidden and deeply offensive, with caricatures seen as particularly disrespectful to Muslims.

Khalid Latif, aged 37, had previously received a five-year ban from cricket in 2017 due to his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal. Despite the sentencing, Reuters has been unable to reach Latif for his response to the court’s decision.

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In addition to his cricketing career, Latif had also led the Pakistani cricket team during the Asian Games in 2010.