Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Dutch MP Wilders to face retrial

A Dutch court has ordered a retrial before a new panel of judges in MP Geert Wilders' hate speech trial

A court in the Netherlands has ordered a retrial before a new panel of judges in anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders' hate speech trial.

Wilders called for the judges to be dismissed after a defence witness alleged improper conduct by a member of an appeals panel directly involved in the case.

A hastily convened panel at the Amsterdam District Court ruled that Wilders' objections were valid. That means the trial which began in January must be repeated from the beginning with new judges.

Wilders faces charges of inciting hatred against Muslims for many remarks, including some equating Islam with fascism and violence, and others calling for a ban on the Koran and a tax on Muslim headscarves.

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