Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders’ trial set to start in October

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders’ trial set to start in October
Geert Wilderszwarteaap, flickr

The Dutch far-right MP will face trial for discrimination against Moroccans in the Netherlands.

The trial of Geert Wilders, the leader of the anti-Islam PVV party, is set to take place at a high security court by the end of October this year.

The controversial Dutch politician, famous for his views against Islam and immigrants, is accused of inciting hatred and discrimination of Moroccans.

Formal hearings will begin on the 31st of October and the verdict will be expected in early December, according to court officials.

‘Fewer, fewer, fewer’

This case dates back to a post local election rally in The Hague in March 2014, when Wilders asked his supporters ‘do you want more or fewer Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?’ To which the supporters chanted ‘fewer, fewer, fewer’. ‘We’ll arrange that,’ Wilders said.

This will be Wilder’s second trial for inciting racism and hatred. In June 2011, the right-wing politician was found not guilty of inciting hatred against Muslims when he compared the Quran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and described Islam as a fascist religion. Experts say the current case against him is stronger than the previous one.

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