Judges dismissed in Wilders trial

22nd October 2010, Comments 0 comments


The judges trying Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders for hate speech have been ordered to step down. The ruling means the trial will be repeated with different judges.

Mr Wilder's defence lawyer, Bram Moszkowicz, had requested new judges be installed due to potential bias.

The request was granted by a special review panel of the Amsterdam district court. It ruled it was unacceptable that the judges had refused to hear a witness, Arabist Hans Jansen,  for a second time. The judges had said they might only call the witness at some later point, and carry out a fresh investigation.

Mr Wilders, 47, went on trial on 4 October for inciting hatred by calling Islam "fascist" and likening the Koran to Hitler's .  

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