It’s official — Geert Wilders will appear in court in Amsterdam on January 20, 2010. Here’s the report from De Telegraaf, as translated by our Flemish correspondent VH:
Trial of the Century
Geert Wilders has to appear in court on January 20, 2010. n the Amsterdam court at that time he will have to answer for his statements on Muslims. This is what the PVV leader told the newspaper De Telegraaf.
Wilders is combative and would like to make it the trial of the century. “I want Islam to stand trial and not me,” Wilders said. “For that reason I am considering calling radical imams and other idiots as witnesses.”
The politician, who will be assisted by the attorney Bram Moszkowicz, makes it clear that he still finds the prosecution regrettable. “I really don’t like having to stand there,” he said. “I am of the opinion that it is a political trial. It is sad that I now have to defend myself in court for political statements. I hope freedom of expression wins. I am convinced that it cannot lead to anything but an acquittal.” At the beginning of this year, the Amsterdam court ruled that Wilders had to be prosecuted for discrimination and hate speech.
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The Public Prosecutor had decided not to proceed with a prosecution. But on January 20, 2010, they will start, with a directional session. The beginning of the trial is in a difficult time of the year. In January, the campaign for the municipal elections will start, in which the PVV will participate, with a full-court press in the Hague and Almere. “This costs a lot of time and energy,” says Wilders. “This is not a little debate, but about my own head. I’d rather not go on trial and have five seats fewer in the polls. I do not want to be a suspect.”
Wilders’ Attorney, Bram Moszkowicz, confirms that the invitation for a directional meeting has been received. At that meeting it will immediately become clear which heavyweights both parties will bring to the conflict. “This case is suitable for major international expert witnesses in the area of freedom of expression,” Bram Moszkowicz said.