A court in the Netherlands has ordered far-right politician Geert Wilders to stand trial in January 2010. The leader of the Freedom Party is charged with inciting discrimination and hatred with his statements about Islam and Muslims. The public prosecution court determined in January 2009 that Wilders would stand trial for his inflammatory remarks, including his film Fitna and comments on the “Islamisation” of the Netherlands. The decision was upheld by the high court in May 2009 and the January 2010 court date established this week.
Wilders has denied the charges and said he wants to put Islam on trial. “That is why I am considering calling on radical imams and other idiots as witnesses,” he told the Telegraaf. The trial will take place two months before local elections in which the PVV will participate.