Wilders’ inciting hatred verdict due Thursday morning
Thursday 23 June 2011
Judges are poised to give their verdict in the trial of MP Geert Wilders on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Moroccans, Muslims and non-western immigrants.
The public prosecution department earlier joined Wilders’ legal team in calling for a not-guilty verdict, saying certain statements by the PVV party leader were insulting, but not criminal.
The department was forced to take the case by the high court after anti-racism campaigners protested at its refusal to prosecute Wilders.
Experts expect the judges to find Wilders not guilty on all charges.
The case began on October 4 last year, but collapsed after three weeks when a special legal panel ruled the judges may have shown partiality following a string of legal blunders. New judges were then sworn in and the case was heard again this year.