Lawyer seeks to end Wilders trial
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz has once presented his arguments before the court in favour of dismissing the charges against his client.
Just like in the first phase of the trial, which was interrupted because new judges had to be appointed, Mr Moszkowicz presented various arguments intended to prove that the Public Prosecutors’ Office had no valid reasons for prosecuting his client. He also argued that the court had no jurisdiction.
Mr Moszkowicz says the Public Prosecutors’ Office has included too many charges in the indictment, compared to the court order ordering Mr Wilders’ prosecution. In January 2009, the Amsterdam court ruled that the Public Prosecutors’ Office had to prosecute the Freedom Party on charges of incited to hatred, incitement to discrimination and ‘group insult’.
Earlier the Public Prosecutors’ Office had said it did not believe Mr Wilders’ statements merited instigating legal proceedings. The Public Prosecutors’ Office will react to Mr Moszkowicz’s opening plea on Wednesday.
In October last year, the Public Prosecutors’ Office had already demanded an acquittal and Mr Moszkowicz had already presented his closing arguments when he decided to recuse the court because he had come to doubt its impartiality.
His fear was inspired by the court’s refusal to hear a witness about a dinner attended by that witness and one of the court’s judges. As a result of the recusal, the trial had to repeated with new judges.
The court is to announce on 30 March whether it will accept Mr Moszkowicz’s arguments and dismiss the charges or continue with the trial.http://cdn.radionetherlands.nl/data/files/slotdebat_verkiezingen_final_debate_elections_2006-2_cropped_and_flipped_1.jpg
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