Update: VH writes that Andrew Bostom should also have been included in the witness list.
Our Flemish correspondent VH — who has forsworn sleep for the duration of the Wilders trial — has compiled the following partial list from several sources of witnesses that Geert Wilders’ lawyer plans to call during his trial:
Bram Moszkovicz and Geert Wilders want to call Arabist Hans Jansen to testify in Wilders’ trial. “Jansen says that the Quran is drenched in violence. That Islam is marked by violence, fear, coercion and obedience.” They further want to call Law Professor Afshin Ellian as a witness. Ellian, who fled from Iran, is classified as an Islam-critic. Furthermore, the legal counsel and law professor Theo de Roos (who is of the opinion that there is “little chance of a successful prosecution”) will be called as witness, and the criminal justice professor Henny Sackers. Also mentioned on the list are the renowned experts on Islam Robert Spencer and Wafa Sultan, from the United States.
Remarkably, Moszkowicz also wants to call a judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as a witness. The European court was previously involved in a case about incitement by a Belgian politician involving pamphlets on immigration policy.
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It was already known that Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh, would be called as a witness. “This man has expressed the hope that Wilders will be destroyed by Allah. He then was in fully capable attribution. If he had the chance, he would kill Theo van Gogh again”. But: The Public Prosecutor (OM) finds it unnecessary to call Mohammed Bouyeri as witness. “From the case against him it is known what he somewhat confusedly declares about Islam. We do not attribute any authority to him on Islam.”
The prosecution did agree, however, that Jneid Fawaz, imam of the Hague As-Sunnah-mosque, will be called as a witness to comment on the impact of Islam in society. The senior Iranian clerics that Moszkovicz wants to call as witness are Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, chairman of the powerful Council of the Guardians, Ayatollah Mohammed Jasdi, who is said to be the spiritual leader of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.