Lawyer seeks to end Wilders trial

14th March 2011, Comments 3 comments

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.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

3 Comments To This Article

  • James Henry posted:

    on 24th March 2011, 12:56:46 - Reply

    Quite right! End the trial and burn Wilder at the stake! However the man's so pus-ridden he probably wouldn't burn.
  • Fran posted:

    on 15th March 2011, 10:00:44 - Reply

    God have mercy- how much more can that man stand ? They keep putting it off; can't they just get it over with ? That trial is a total disgrace to Holland- why don't they just go back to the 7th century when they burned people at the stake for saying the wrong words ? That Holland should take the side of Islam and persecute one of their own popular politicians is unbelievably cowardly. How can Geert get revenge ? Vote for him- that would send a good message.
  • Jimmy Anderson posted:

    on 14th March 2011, 14:17:28 - Reply

    What an embarassing case, it really should just go away.