The criminal trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders starts in the high security court at Schiphol today. Wilders is facing various forms of hate speech charges over statements he made about Moroccans while campaigning in The Hague in 2014. The PVV leader already announced that he will not be attending the trial, calling it a "political process" that should be held in parliament not in court.
PVV leader Geert Wilders will not be attending the hate speech trial against him for statements he made about "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands in 2014. In an open letter in Dutch newspaper AD, he called the trial a "process against freedom of speech". "I refuse to cooperate with that." he wrote.
Geert Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops called the leak of a legal brief outlining his defense plans "an attack on the process and on Wilders' freedom", during a pre-trial hearing in the hate speech trial against the PVV leader on Friday. Knoops demanded that the trial be called off until the leak was thoroughly investigated
PVV leader Geert Wilders statements calling for "fewer Moroccans" in The Hague during an election campaign in 2014, made his party less effective in the Tweede Kamer. Since the statements, fewer PVV motions get a majority vote
Geert Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops vehemently denies that he or the PVV leader was responsible for leaking a legal brief detailing their defense strategy in the hate speech trial against Wilders.
Geert Wilders wanted to question a number of top politicians in the hate speech trial against him. Among them are Prime Minster Mark Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, according to a legal brief Dutch newspaper AD manged to get its hands on.
The Public Prosecutor released the indictment in the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders on Tuesday. The PVV leader is officially charged with four "variants" of two hate speech offenses
Dozens of people filed claims for compensation against PVV leader Geert Wilders over statements he made about "fewer Moroccans" in The Hague in 2014, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday
Austria expects to soon make a decision on whether or not PVV leader Geert Wilders will be prosecuted for hate speech because of statements he made in a speech in Hofburg on March 27th last year
The hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders will only start on October 31st, the court in The Hague confirmed
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health does not agree with fellow VVD member and Prime Minister Mark Rutte that the PVV should be excluded from coalition cooperation as long as Geert Wilders does not take back his his contentious statements calling for fewer Moroccans in the Hague
PVV leader Geert Wilders will be allowed to call a number of witnesses in the hate speech trial against him. The court in The Hague gave him permission to do so this week
PVV leader Geert Wilders expects that he will not be facing a fair trial when he appears in court for his "fewer Moroccans" statements sometime next year.
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.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has challenged PVV leader Geert Wilders to come out with his plan to have "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands. The mayor did so in a speech on television program Zomergasten on Sunday
So far, 136 complainants in the "fewer Moroccans" case against Geert Wilders have submitted a request for compensation. The number comes from internal figures from Slachtofferhulp Nederland, a Dutch victims support group, AD reports.