Mr Wilders – a controversial Dutch politician – received death threats after saying he would organise a competition of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which sparked outrage.

Dutch prosecutors have demanded a 12-year prison sentence if a former Pakistani cricketer is found guilty of incitement to murder anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

The suspect, identified by Mr Wilders as Khalid Latif, 37, is accused of offering a bounty of around €21,000 (£18,000) to anybody who killed the politician.

The threat came after Mr Wilders said he would organise a competition of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

This sparked outrage in the Muslim community, as many consider any depictions of Muhammad to be blasphemous.

The contest did not go ahead, but Mr Wilders has lived under round-the-clock protection for years because of repeated threats to his life.

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