Wilders defense gets new start

14th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Lawyer Bram Moskowicz may resume his defence of Geert Widers in new proceedings, announced the Amsterdam court Monday.

Judges deliberated for one week about the research needs of the defence, concluding that a new trial should be held so that Mr. Moszkowicz can hold preliminary arguments. He is expected to call for a halt to the trial.

This is the second boost to Wilders’s defence after the court agreed to call Amsterdam Councillor Tom Schalken, Arabist Hans Jansen and Middle East expert Bertrus Hendriks as witnesses in the new proceedings. 

The three are linked to a now famous dinner party thrown by Hendriks where Schalken is accused of trying to influence Jansen’s testimony. Schalken co-authored the charges of group defamation and inciting hatred and discrimination that were originally brought against him in 2009.

Judge Marcel Tong said the three’s testimony will “likely bring new facts and circumstances from this matter to light.”

Mr. Moszkowicz called Schalken’s actions an act of revenge and a blow to the court’s impartiality. Proceedings were immediately halted on 22 October and new judges assigned to the case.


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