The main event is on

The court case against Wilders is scheduled for January 20th. However, the suit actually began in earnest today. Today Wilders was in court in an attempt to get part of the indictment thrown out:

Wilders' lawyer Bram Moszkowicz told reporters outside the court that Wilders hopes the court will decide that he should not be prosecuted for 'collective insult' - or targeting a particular group of people on the basis of their race or nationality.

Wilders has always stated that he is targeting Islam, not Muslims themselves.

Wednesday's appeal follows a decision by the public prosecution service to also charge the PVV party leader with inciting hatred against Muslims, Moroccans and non-Western immigrants, the Volkskrant reports. Wilders already faced general charges of inciting hatred and discrimination.


Moszkowicz referred to a case last March in which the high court ruled a poster with the words 'stop the tumour that is Islam' cannot be construed as insulting an entire group of people on the grounds of their religion.

But lawyers told the Volkskrant, Wilders' appeal is unlikely to succeed because the case against him is more complicated.

The extra charge is based on Wilders' statement that 'the borders will close that same day to all non-western immigrants', the paper said. The statement appears to refer to Wilders' plans if he became prime minister.

'Wilders always says he is attacking Islam, not Muslims,' lawyer Haroon Raza told the paper. 'But Wilders is not only talking about Muslims but non-Western immigrants, or people with different coloured skin.'

Leaving the court, Wilders told reporters: 'Freedom of speech is under pressure. The legal system in North Korea is better then in the Netherlands.'

I don't know about North Korea, but this doesn't reflect too favourably on our present judicial system. In any case, everything stays as scheduled: January 20th is the date of the main event.

More on GoV.

[UPDATE001] Here's the news in EN: Wilders prosecution to go ahead

[UPDATE002] The IFPS has its own view: The Wilders trial: Torquemada would be proud.
“It is irrelevant whether Wilder’s witnesses might prove Wilders’ observations to be correct”, the ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ stated, “what’s relevant is that his observations are illegal”.

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