Public Prosecution requests Wilders' acquittal
The Public Prosecution Office has once again requested an acquittal for Geert Wilders on all charges against him. The charges include insulting a group, inciting hatred and inciting discrimination on the grounds of religion and race.
The Public Prosecution argues that Mr Wilders' comments may be experienced as insulting by certain groups but they are directed at Islam as a religion and not at Muslims as people. The PPO also argued that many of the comments were made in political debates. Although the office did say his call to ban the Qur'an is on the edge of what is permissible.
The PPO made the same request at the first trial of Wilders in October, shortly before the defence lawyer Bram Moszkowicz accused the judges of bias. As a result, the judges were replaced and a retrial had to be called.
The Public Prosecution was reluctant to bring the case against Geert Wilders to trial but was ordered to by an Amsterdam court. The retrial began in February. The first weeks of the retrial have been dominated by the question whether or not to try the controversial politician for his anti-Islam rhetoric. The judges however have ruled that the trial go ahead, dismissing Moszkowicz's claims the trial in unfair.
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