25 May 2011
The trial for Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination is concluding and media coverage tracks its closing stages. The public prosecution department called on Wednesday for the politician to be found not guilty on the basis that his remarks are directed against Islam and not individual Muslims. However the trial heard this week from a representative of ethnic minority organizations that Moroccan and other minority groups felt attacked by Wilders and noted a that the attitude towards these communities had ‘hardened’ due to Wilders’ statements.
Wilders’ lawyer is due to make his closing statements on Monday.