Wilders’ trial: lawyer again calls for judges to be dismissed

The trial of anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders on inciting hatred charges took a new twist on Friday as his lawyer again applied for the judges to be dismissed.

This week, the three-strong panel of judges have been hearing evidence about a dinner, during which a senior court official is alleged to have tried to influence a witness.
That incident led to the previous judging panel being dismissed last October.
Lawyer Bram Moszkowicz now claims that one of the people at the meal last year – Middle East expert Bertus Hendricks – has lied in court about the alleged attempt to pressure the witness and the reason Arabic professor Hans Jansen was invited to attend.
Moszkowicz also says Hendricks should be charged with perjury. The judges on Friday rejected this request, leading Moszkowicz to call for their dismissal.
That demand will now be looked at by a special legal panel. They are due to report back later on Friday.
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