The trial of MP Geert Wilders, who is accused of discrimination and inciting hatred, will begin in January in Amsterdam, two months before the local elections.
Wilders has denied the charges and said at the weekend he wanted to put Islam on trial. ‘That is why I am considering calling on radical imams and other idiots as witnesses,’ he told the Telegraaf.
This January, the public prosecution department said Wilders should face charges, a decision which was upheld by the high court in May.
Meanwhile, Wilders has accused US president Barack Obama of ‘closing his eyes to the great dangers of Islamisation’.
In an interview with website nu.nl, Wilders likened Obama to the British prime minister Neville Chamberlain who signed the Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in 1938. That agreement permitted the German annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
‘It is a tough comparison, but he is pursuing a dangerous, naive and irresponsible policy,’ Wilders said.
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