The appeal in the hate speech case against PVV leader Geert Wilders will continue. The court in The Hague saw no reason to declare the Public Prosecutor inadmissible, as Wilders had requested. The court will, however, allow the defense to call former Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, former head of the Public Prosecution Service Herman Bolhaar and a number of senior officials to testify as witnesses, NOS reports.
The political viewpoints of Geert Wilders and his party PVV played no role in the decision to prosecute Wilders for statements he made about Moroccans, the Public Prosecutor again stressed on Friday at the start of the appeal in the hate-speech case against the PVV leader. This is only about what he said, the Prosecutor said, NU.nl reports.
The top man of the Public Prosecution Service discussed the hate-speech case against PVV leader Geert Wilders with then VVD Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in a letter to parliament. Previously the Prosecutor and various officials from the Justice Ministry denied that this case was discussed, RTL Nieuws reports.
There are "indications" that former Minister Ivo Opstelten of Justice and Security urged the Public Prosecution Service in 2014 to prosecute PVV leader Geert Wilders for hate speech over statements he made about Moroccans, Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops said. He asked the court for "further investigation" into the question of whether the Minister influenced this case, Knoops said to RTL Nieuws.
Lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops asked for the appeal in the hate speech case against Geert Wilders to be postponed on Thursday. The PVV leader needs more time for investigation, his lawyer said on the first of 11 days set aside for the appeal, NU.nl reports.
The court in The Hague will start the hate speech appeal against PVV leader Geert Wilders next week Thursday. Eleven days were set aside for the trial, which will be held in the high security court at Schiphol, RTL Nieuws reports.
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold will not be prosecuted for a remark he made about Russians. His remark does not constitute group insult and is not punishable, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday.
Geert Wilders and his lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops want the appeal in the hate speech trial against the PVV leader postponed until after the Public Prosecutor decided what to do with discrimination charges pressed against D66 leader Alexander Pechtold over a remark he made about Russians.
Wilders and Knoops sent the request for postponement to the Court of Appeal in The Hague on March 1st, the PVV confirmed to RTL Nieuws.
The chairman of The Hague Court of Justice, Jeanne Gaakeer, will not withdraw from the hate speech appeal trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders, she announced in court on Thursday. Wilders asked her to step down on Wednesday, after raising doubts about her impartiality on Tuesday. The PVV leader will also not take the matter further, the Volkskrant reports.
The first pro-forma hearing in the appeal of the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders, was held in the high security court at Schiphol on Tuesday.
The appeal in the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders starts in the high security court at Schiphol on Tuesday. The trial revolves around statements Wilders made about wanting fewer Moroccans in The Hague while campaigning in 2014. In December last year, Wilders was found guilty of hate speech, but not given a punishment. Both Wilders and the Public Prosecutor appealed.
YouTube decided to remove Geert Wilders' anti-Prophet Mohammed video from the site, Wilders announced on Twitter. "YouTube just censored my Muhammad clip. Twitter already made it impossible to watch from Germany + France. The truth is forbidden", the PVV leader tweeted. He also posted more threats made against him on social media.
PVV leader Geert Wilders wants to question former VVD parliamentarian Joost Taverne in the appeal of the hate speech trial against him, AD reports
The lawyers assisting the claimants in the appeal of the hate speech against PVV leader Geert Wilders, are struggling to get compensation for their work from the Legal Assistance Board. One of the lawyers asked that the appeal, set to start at the end of October, be postponed until the matter is sorted out, AD reports.
At the request of Austria, the Public Prosecutor in The Hague is launching an investigation into statements made by PVV leader Geert Wilders in Vienna in 2015, AD reports. During a speech Wilders called Islam "an ideology of war and hatred" and said that "Islam calls people to be terrorists".
In his speech Wilders also compared the Quran to Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf and called for it to be banned.
A proposal by VNL to scrap the ban on group defamation, hate speech and discrimination from the Penal Code was rejected by a majority in Dutch parliament on Thursday. A large majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, found the proposal not well thought out as it opens the door to discrimination directed at vulnerable groups such as Jews, Muslims, women, LGBT and disabled people, NU.nl reports.
PostNL fired one of its drivers with immediate effect on Monday for a Facebook post in which he praised the bombing in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend. The Dutch postal service confirmed the dismissal on Facebook and Twitter, following an outraged storm of reactions.
"Too bad there were only 20 deaths, there should have been many more. At least those 29 aren't coming here, great." The man wrote on Facebook
The Dutch hotline for internet discrimination MiND is facing heat after one of its employees suggested that hate speech against LGBT people is allowed as long as it is in the name of faith. Titus Visser, director of NL Confidential to which MiND belongs, apologized for this "error in judgement", the Volkskrant reports.
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, on trial for hate speech, said he has a responsibility to pointedly address the problems he sees in Dutch society no matter how sensitive the topic. “I’m still here. I’m never giving up,” Wilders said in court as part of his closing statement.
Geert Wilders will attend at least one hearing in the hate-speech trial currently ongoing against him. On Twitter he announced that he will make use of his right to have the final word in what he calls the "trial against freedom of expression". The PVV leader will have his chance to speak on Wednesday, NOS reports.
The Public Prosecutor abused its power by charging Geert Wilders with hate speech, according to the PVV leader's lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops in court on Friday. According to the lawyer, the Prosecutor charged Wilders because he doesn't like Wilders' beliefs, not because theya re punishable, Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweets live from within the court room.
The Public Prosecutor demanded a fine of 5 thousand euros against PVV leader Geert Wilders for hate speech and incitement in the high security court at Schiphol on Thursday, according to Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweeting live from the courtroom.
Public Prosecutor Wouter Bos believes that the hate speech trial against Geert Wilders revolves around two fundemental values in Dutch society: freedom of expression and protection against discrimination, he said in court on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
About 40 Dutch-Moroccans had the chance to demand compensation from Geert Wilders in court on Monday as the hate speech trial against the PVV leader continued. According to the aggrieved parties, Wilders is responsible for the acceptance of discrimination in the Netherlands, AD reports.