Top judge says Wilders undermines judiciary

24th October 2010, Comments 0 comments


The president of the Supreme Court says remarks made by anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders "undermine" the judiciary.

Speaking on television, Supreme Court President Geert Corstens said statements such as those made by Mr Wilders about his hate-speech trial "address in an erroneous manner" feelings living among the public.

Mr Wilders has repeatedly denounced his hate-speech trial as a "political trial" aimed at limiting the freedom of expression. On Friday he said he had "lost all confidence" in the judges trying him on charges of group insult, inciting hatred and discrimination. A review panel later that day granted his lawyer's request to have the judges dismissed for creating an appearance of bias.

The Supreme Court president said undermining the judiciary was all the more serious in the case of an MP such as Mr Wilders. Mr Corsten said it was an MP's task to help ensure the stability of the constitutional state.  

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