Formal hearings in Geert Wilders’ trial on charges of discrimination against Moroccans in the Netherlands will start next Monday.
The trial is expected to last for three weeks and is set to take place at a high security court room at Amsterdam’s airport.
Wilders, who is the leader of the controversial anti-Islam Party for Freedom (PVV), is accused of inciting hatred and discrimination against Moroccans in the Netherlands.
‘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.
“de-Islamification” of the Netherlands
The PVV is currently on course to win the next general election in the Netherlands.
If elected, Wilders plans to impose a tax on women who wear hijabs, ban the Koran and shut down the country’s mosques.
He has promised to deliver a total “de-Islamification” of the Netherlands.