Lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops will continue defending Geert Wilders in the hate speech trial against the PVV leader centered around statements he made about wanting "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands while campaigning in The Hague in 2014. The lawyer made his intentions to stay on the trial clear in a press release on Thursday, NOS reports.
Judge Elianne van Rens will remain on the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders. On Friday the court rejected the recusal request Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops filed against her, the Volkskrant reports.
Judge Elianne van Rens was rude and biased towards expert witness for the defense Paul Cliteur on Thursday in the hate speech trial against Geert Wilders, the PVV leaders' lawyer Gert-Jan Knoops said on Friday. She therefore has to be removed from the case, the lawyer defended his recusal request, the Volkskrant reports.
At the request of Geert Wilders, lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops announced a recusal request against one of the judges in the hate speech trial against the PVV leader. In court on Thursday Knoops announced that they want judge Elianne van Rens removed from the case because Wilders believes her biased, the Volkskrant reports.
The court in Amsterdam rejected all three of PVV leader Geert Wilders' requests during the second, very short, pre-trial hearing in the hate speech trial against him. Wilders' lawyer demanded that the trial be suspended while a document leak is investigated, that one of the judges step down and that a number of expert witnesses be questioned.
A second pre-trial hearing in the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders is scheduled for Thursday. During the hearing the court is will decide on a number of requests the PVV leader made
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