Geert Wilders’ trial on “hate speech” charges was adjourned last spring, and has now reconvened in the courtroom in Amsterdam. A postponement has become a possibility, if a judge must be replaced for making a statement containing bias, as Mr. Wilders’ lawyer has asserted.
Klein Verzet has a report on the first day of the new proceedings against Mr. Wilders:
Today, it was the 1st real trial day in the prosecution against Geert Wilders and his opinions. The event is broadcasted live on Dutch state television and it’s quite a story:
The first amazing thing was that the court wanted to show Fitna in court. That means that for the first time, Fitna will be broadcasted on Dutch national television.
Second surprise was that at the start of the trial, Wilders his lawyer, unexpectedly stated that Wilders would use his right not to answer any questions during his trial, as he as his lawyer had advised him to do so.
His lawyer also asked the court to allow mister Wilders to make a small 2 minute statement in order for him to explain this decision. During the short statement Wilders defended free speech and declared that he has said what he has said and does not take anything back from it. Also he added that he can’t guarantee that anything that is attributed to him is also actually said by him.
The president of the court Jan Moorse then wanted to debate Wilders his decision, but again Wilders repeated that he wouldn’t not answer any questions in court. Then judge Jan Moorse amazingly did not accept his statement in which he took his right not to answer the court and even allowed himself to make a value judgment about it.
Read the rest at Klein Verzet.
A slightly different take on the day’s events may be found in the Grauniad.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.