I just got this brief note from Paul Belien about today’s session of the Geert Wilders trial in Amsterdam:
The court ruled that it is competent to deal with the case.
It restricted the list of eighteen witnesses which Wilders had asked to be heard to only three people: the Dutch Arabists Jansen and Admiraal, plus Wafa Sultan.
Hans Jansen is a big gun, so it’s good to see that he will be testifying. Being “brown”, Wafa Sultan may help deflect the racism charge, although I doubt it.
It’s easy to guess why the various Islamist experts were stricken from the list: poor security in the courtroom. The authorities would not want to endanger the likes of Ahmed Bouyeri by subjecting him to the laughable security afforded Geert Wilders in this trial.
So the courtroom will be a mirror of Dutch society: native Dutch and apostate Muslims exposed to the wrath of the Islamic radicals surrounding the courthouse.
I’ll have more later when additional reports come in.
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