The only witnesses allowed by the court are three (out of eight originally requested) experts on islam. However, one of these three is Wafa Sultan, according to Dutch News.That'll make for some spectacular (and for the PC multi-cult crowd quite uncomfortable) viewing.
Challenged by the defence that the court had no jurisdiction over Wilders, the court ruled in favour of itself. While Wilders' attorney argued that Wilders in an MP and hence subject to the High Council only, the court judged otherwise arguing Wilders is prosecuted for statements outside of parliament.
"Evidently this court is not interested in the truth", reacted Wilders, "I can only conclude that the court will not allow me a fair trial".
Source: 'Rechtbank bevoegd in zaak-Wilders' (NL)
[UPDATE001] Reporting in EN here and here.
[UPDATE002] A new international website on the Wilders trial is here: wildersontrial.com
[UPDATE003] The list of rejected witnesses can be found at the bottom of this item (NL). Most notable among them (for those in the counter-jihad): Andrew Bostom, Robert Spencer and Al-Qaradawi. Too bad about mr. Bostom and mr. Spencer. Would have been quite something to see them in a Dutch court telling our authorities what's what.
[UPDATE004] Robert Spencer reacts:
Hans Jansen's work on Islam is superb and groundbreaking, and he will be an excellent witness, as will Admiraal and the exemplary freedom fighter Wafa Sultan. Nonetheless, this decision indicates the court's bias against Wilders, and so does not bode well for him.[UPDATE005] Sit Henry Morgan wonders on VFR:
given the restrictions on his defence that you describe, he should refuse to participate in the trial--i.e. no defence. Just sit there and watch and listen. This will give the trial the appearance of one of Stalin's or Hitler's show trials. (...)[UPDATE006] Diana West:
But liberals conducting show trials that restrict or prohibit the defendant from defending himself? How "reasonable" and "liberal" is that?
Trying Geert Wilders, a once-valiant Holland is leading the way, forsaking the freedoms of the West for the objectives of the ummah.