March 14 2011
Geert Wilders’ trial on inciting hatred and discrimination of Muslims, Moroccans and non-western immigrants resumed on March 14, after halting in October due to irregularities. The trial opens with a new panel of three judges. On March 16 Wilders’ lawyer made an opening statement suggesting that Wilders should not be required to stand trial. Prosecution took the stand on March 16.
October 1 2010
The verdict in Geert Wilders’ trial for inciting hatred is to be postponed by two days, the Amsterdam court has announced. The verdict was originally scheduled for November 2, the anniversary of the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 by a Muslim extremist, though the court denies that the anniversary is the reason for postponing the verdict.
The Amsterdam district court has set the date for anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders’ trial for October, after initially scheduling it for June. According to the court, the change is a result of scheduling problems, as the court requires five days to hear evidence in the case. Preliminary schedules mark October 4, 6 and 8 for the trial, followed by a judgment on November 2. The leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) is accused of five counts of religious insult and anti- Muslim incitement.
The witness list for Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders’ upcoming trial has been released. Wilders requested that 18 witnesses, including Mohammed B., Theo van Gogh’s murderer, legal experts, Muslim “radicals”, and “ex-Muslims” be called for his trial. Of the requested list, only three Islam experts will be heard, and will testify behind closed doors. In addition, the court has denied the prosecution’s call for Wilders to be interviewed behind closed doors. Wilders has said that he wants to be questioned publicly.
The right wing politician faces five counts of religious insult and anti-Muslim incitement. ANP reports that the trial will take place sometime between June 1 and October 31, 2010.