Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders has been acquitted on charges of hate speech and discrimination for statements he made attacking Islam.

'You are being acquitted on all the charges that were put against you,' Judge Marcel van Oosten told Mr Wilders in Amsterdam.

'The bench finds that your statements are acceptable within the context of the public debate,' Judge van Oosten told Mr Wilders, 47, who has been on trial since last October.

The MP faced five counts of hate speech and discrimination for his anti-Islamic remarks on websites, internet forums and in Dutch newspapers between October 2006 and March 2008, and in his controversial 17-minute movie 'Fitna' ('Discord' in Arabic).

The case has tested freedom of speech in the traditionally liberal country.