The public prosecution department is within its rights to prosecute Geert Wilders for discrimination and inciting hatred, the state prosecutors said at the MPs trial on Wednesday.
On Monday, Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz said the trial should not go ahead because the department had taken too wide a remit.
The department had originally refused to prosecute Wilders but was ordered to do so by the appeal court.
The original trial was halted last year after a string of irregularities. A new panel of three judges is now hearing the case.
They will decide on March 30 if there is a case to answer to.
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