Both Ferdy and I don't have a lot of time to do extensive covering. So I'll give you a quick run-down of today's preliminary session.
As was the case at the start of the first half, the judges ruled against the many witnesses Wilders wants to hear for his defence. The judges said it is not necessary to hear the prospective witnesses. Wafa Sultan and arabists Hans Jansen and Simon Admiraal have already given a deposition. The court feels the other potential witnesses will not add values to the accounts given by these three and so has rejected them.
But in a surprise move, the court did agree (NL) with Geert Wilders to get to the bottom of the now infamous dinner party at which judge Schalken supposedly tried to influence Hans Jansen, even though the latter was a key witness expected to appear before the court the day after the dinner. The judges ruled that Mr. Schalken, prof. Jansen and the host of the party, Bertus Hendriks, are to be heard.
Mr. Wilders reacted pleased with the courts decision. "Apparently the judge also is of the opinion that what happened at that dinner, was inappropriate". He has announced he will interrogate judge Schalken himself, saying "I am looking forward to it".
The next session will be held on March 14, at which time Bram Moszkowicz will mount the 'preliminary defence', arguing the public prosecutor has no case and the trial should be dismissed. The prosecution will respond two days later. The courts decision with regard to the preliminary defence is expected on March 30.
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