The trial of PVV leader Geert Wilders on charges of discrimination and incitement to hatred has been on hold for the last two months as Mr. Wilders’ lawyer wrangled with the court over various procedural motions. Now it appears that the last obstacle has been removed, and the trial will resume.
According to NIS News:
Wilders Trial to Continue as Court Rejects Defence Objections
THE HAGUE, 31/03/11 – The criminal case against MP Geert Wilders is going ahead as planned. The district court in Amsterdam yesterday rejected virtually all the technical objections put forward by Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz. On one point, however, he got his way.
The lawyer had wanted the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) to be declared inadmissible, which would have meant the end of the court case. But the court ruled that the OM had the right to prosecute Wilders for incitement to hatred and discrimination and defamation of certain groups including Moroccans. The OM cannot however prosecute Wilders for comparisons that he has made between Islam and Fascism, according to the court.
Another district court previously ruled that the OM must prosecute the MP – the OM itself did not want to do this because it did not consider he had broken the law at any point whatever. This verdict however gave no scope for including a particular statement by Wilders in the charges. This was the sentence: “I have had enough of the Koran in the Netherlands: Ban that Fascist book.”
MPs enjoy no immunity from prosecution for statements they make outside parliament. Moszkowicz considered they do. He also argued without any result that the court case, if it was then tried after all, should been tried in The Hague instead of Amsterdam.
Hat tip: Fjordman.