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Wilders' trial to continue, judges throw out unfair trial claim

Monday 23 May 2011

Amsterdam district court has rejected a call by Geert Wilders’ legal team that the inciting hatred and discrimination case against him be dropped.

Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz said at the beginning of this month that his client would not get a fair trial and urged the court to abandon the case.

Moszkowicz’ argument centres on a senior court official who was influential in ensuring Wilders was taken to court even though the public prosecution department was unwilling to pursue the case.

But the court said on Monday it did not accept Moszkowicz’ claim that the anti-Islam party leader would not get a fair trial and said claims Tom Schalken had tried to influence a key witness during a dinner party were implausible.

Schalken was no longer involved in the case, and although he should have acted with greater caution to ensure no signs of partiality, he had not gone too far, the court said.

Earlier stories

Wilders' inciting hatred trial resumes with emphasis on dinner
Opinion: Notes on a trial part 57

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Readers' Comments

Well at least there is someone who has the balls to stand up to him.I can see Wilders now stamping his foot in anger now he knows he is not above the law....but you could excuse him for thinking so considering the crap he and his cronies have been up too recently...and getting away with.

By Jason | 23 May 2011 12:46 PM

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