A trial date has been set: Geert Wilders’ first kangaroo court hearing in The Hague will be on March 18, 2016. Actually, to call the institution a “kangaroo court” would be an insult to marsupials everywhere.
As this farrago of justice unfolds next spring, everyone should bear in mind Mr. Wilders’ “crime”: he asked his supporters whether they wanted more Moroccans in the Netherlands, or fewer.
Below are excerpts from the article in Dutch News:
Geert Wilders trial for inciting hatred to start on March 18
The trial of PVV leader Geert Wilders on charges of inciting racism and hatred will start on March 18 with a procedural hearing, The Hague’s district court said on Friday.
The hearing will focus on the investigation into the charges against Wilders and set dates for witness appearances and the rest of the trial.
Wilders faces prosecution for his comments about Moroccan nationals on March 12 and 19, 2015, during and after the local election campaign.
In March, Wilders told supporters in Loosduinen that he would rather there were ‘fewer Moroccans’ in The Hague.
Seven days later, during a post vote meeting with supporters, Wilders asked the crowd ‘and do you want more or fewer Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?’ To which the crowd chanted ‘fewer, fewer, fewer’. ‘We’ll arrange that,’ Wilders said, smiling, when the chanting died down.
The comments led to over 6,400 complaints to the police and a slew of resignations from the PVV.
The public prosecution department says that while it considers Wilders has insulted people on racial grounds and encouraged discrimination and hatred, this does not mean he has committed a criminal offence.
Read the rest at Dutch News.