Wilders trial to go ahead with expanded charges

A court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday that Geert Wilders’ trial on hate crime charges will proceed as scheduled on January 20.

Earlier this week, the public prosecution service announced the expansion of charges against Wilders. Initially charged for religious insult and anti-Muslim hatred evidenced in his online movie Fitna and his public statements, Wilders now faces additional charges of inciting hatred against Muslims, Moroccans, and non-Western immigrants following his claim that Moroccan youths are violent and calling for Holland’s borders to be closed to all non-western immigrants, Volkskrant reported.

Following the expansion of charges, Wilders and his lawyer Bram Moskowicz attempted to appeal the court date. On Wednesday the court ruled Wilders’ appeal inadmissible, saying the defense had not produced any new facts or evidence.

According to AFP, Wilders faces up to one year in jail if convicted.

Sweden: Veiled women win appeal against swimming pool

Two Muslim mothers won a court appeal against a municipal swimming pool in Gothenburg that required them to take off their veils and body-covering clothing. The Court of Appeal for western Sweden found the city of Gothenburg guilty of ethnic discrimination, and ordered authorities to pay each of the women 20,000 kronor (or $3,000) in damages. Both of the women were wearing head-coverings, long pants and long-sleeved shirts covering their body.