Geert Wilders hate speech trial moved to 2016

An exact date for the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders has not been set yet, but it will start in 2016 at the earliest. Wilders is facing charges of insulting a group of people based on race and inciting discrimination and hatred.

A spokesperson for the court in The Hague confirmed this to broadcaster NOS. According to the court, there is no delay. But this is a special case and needs lots of time to complete the preliminary investigations. A pre-trial review will be held in October. A similar review was held in May, during which the Public Prosecutor told Wilders' lawyer to hurry up with the filing of all investigation requests.

The PVV leader's now infamous statements were made during a PVV meeting on the eve of municipal elections on March 2014. He asked his party supporters whether the want more or less Moroccans in the city and Netherlands, to which his audience replied with the chant "less, less, less!" He later asked similar questions about Europe and the PvdA.