Wilders’ trial may be delayed as wrangling over acquittal call continues

The trial of MP Geert Wilders on discrimination and inciting hatred charges may be delayed, Nos television reports on Thursday.

A lawyer representing groups who forced the prosecution department to take legal action against Wilders has gone to the appeal court to fight the department’s call for Wilders’ acquittal.
The original court case against Wilders collapsed last year after a number of irregularities involving the judges, which senior legal officials said could give rise to accusations of bias.
Not guilty
But the case had faltered earlier in the trial when the prosecutors called for Wilders to be found not guilty on all charges.
The groups want new prosecutors to be appointed who believe in the case, but it is unclear when that case will be heard.
The trial is due to resume on Monday, but Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkovicz says it will be a waste of time to restart unless the dispute over the prosecutors has been resolved.

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