Stop the Trial of Geert Wilders

27 01 2010

By Leon de Winter, via the Wall Street Journal:

What started as a trial against Geert Wilders for alleged Islamophobia has nearly turned into its opposite: a historical case about the message of the Quran. The Amsterdam court trying the controversial Dutch politician is now preoccupied with the question of whether this book, sacred to more than a billion believers, can be compared to one of the most vile publications in the history of Western civilization—Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” What could possibly go wrong?

In his writing and speeches, Mr. Wilders has found these two works to be similar in terms of their anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred, and has thus called for a publishing ban on the Quran similar to the one in place for “Mein Kampf.” This is what triggered Mr. Wilders’s prosecution for discriminatory and insulting remarks against Muslims and Islam. The Dutch politician, though, denies having insulted Muslims. He insists his focus is on radical Islam and the Quran, which he considers to be not only a religious text but also a political pamphlet encouraging Muslims to discriminate against and, if necessary, kill Jews, Christians, apostates and other unbelievers. That’s why Mr. Wilders claims the right to criticize and condemn Islam.

Following complaints brought by mostly Muslim and radical leftist activists, Amsterdam’s district attorney in 2008 at first found no legal basis for prosecuting Mr. Wilders. Prosecutors were forced to change course only after an activist appeals court last year ordered Mr. Wilders’s prosecution—basically condemning the politician before any trial could even begin and before Mr. Wilders had a chance to defend himself. The court’s unusual intervention illustrates the Dutch confusion about the conflict between two essential rights: the right to free speech and the right to protection from discrimination.

Read the rest here.





The Weekly Wilders Round-Up

25 01 2010

Alright, here we go. For the most part, these are the links that just wouldn’t quite fit in with the other updates that I’ve been providing so far, or which are previous to Geert’s trial’s beginning.

Mitchieville – Solidarity Rally For Dutch Freedom Fighter Geert Wilders

New Europe – Call to ban Burqa in UK in public and private

NewsReal – From the Speeches of David Horowitz: January 18, 2010 – Geert Wilders: an Online Symposium on the Eve of his Trial – and Medieval Tentacles of Islam And PC Tighten Their Grips On Jan. 20 Amsterdam Trial

Gates Of Vienna – Pulling Out the Stops Against Geert Wilders:

Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated another batch of material on the Geert Wilders trial, which begins on Wednesday in Amsterdam. He includes these introductory notes:

There are rumors that the Dutch Minister of Justice, Ernst Hirsh Ballin, who was seen as the key player behind the curtains in the arrest of Gregorius Nekschot in 2008, is also influencing or “steering” the prosecutors in the Wilders trial. Bram Moszkovicz, Wilders’ lawyer, points in that direction between the lines of the De Telegraaf interview below.
Both prosecutors who have been assigned to the Wilders trial, Mr. P. (Paul) Velleman and Miss B. van Roessel, also work for the LECD [National Discrimination Expertise Center] and are being assisted in the Wilders trial by the (policy) employees of the LECD. Paul Velleman is the prosecutor and the head of LECD.: “After release, he was told: You can forget about anonymity now. They know who you are.“
Paul Velleman was the prosecutor who had the cartoonist Nekschot picked up in a raid by ten police officers in the middle of the night, and kept him locked up for more than two days. Quote from H. Numan

Paul Velleman has close ties to the anti-discrimination industry and is also in charge of the Justice Ministry department LECD (National Expertise Center against Discrimination).

Below is VH’s translation from the print edition of De Telegraaf, as posted online by GeenStijl:

Advocate for freedom
by Dennis Naaktgeboren
Bram MoszcoviczBram Moszkovicz may be facing the toughest assignment in his career. In the past he has defended top criminals such as Cor van Hout and Willem Holleeder [Heineken kidnappers] and the failed coup d’état leader and former military dictator of Surinam Desi Bouterse. His latest client is no less controversial. PVV leader Geert Wilders is hated, adored, and now also prosecuted. Moszkovicz now has the task of defending Wilders against charges of discrimination, group hatred, and discriminating hatred against Muslims. He did not need to think for long before taking on the assignment; “Wilders says nothing punishable.” 

The majestic Amsterdam canal building where the Moszkovicz law firm is housed breathes of grandeur. It is clear: Geert Wilders has chosen one of the top lawyers in the Netherlands. The amiable criminal lawyer (49) made time available between two cases to comment on his strategy for the upcoming trial. He looks relaxed, but knows exactly what he can and cannot say.
In his office his father, the renowned Max Moszkovicz, casts an approving glance. Another painted portrait shows Marlin Brando as the Godfather Don Corleone and hangs on the wall as provocative art. The lawyer is not shy of media attention, as proven by his appearances in TV shows. For the next few months the spotlight will again be on him when he stands alongside Geert Wilders, who must defend himself for his crusade against Islam.
The PVV leader already speaks of a “political trial” and “North Korean circumstances”. If he is convicted, he may be sentenced to nearly two years imprisonment. Moszkovicz will open his entire box of tricks to prevent that from happening. In an exclusive interview with the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the counsel expresses his concern about the prosecution, which he suspects of high-level chicanery.
Did you doubt whether or not you should take on this case?
“I doubted for a short moment, because it imposes a significant drain on my time, but those doubts quickly vanished.”
Why?
“It is a challenge. Whoever wins or loses, this case will go down in history as one of the important trials for freedom of expression.”

 

 Read the rest here.

Tundra Tabloids – INTERNATIONAL FREE PRESS SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM ON THE UPCOMING POLITICAL SHOW TRIAL FOR GEERT WILDERS…….

Spydpigen – Geert Wilders stilles for retten for sin ytringsfrihed

Daniel Pipes – Why I Stand with Geert Wilders ( also available on National Review Online )

Vlad Tepes – The Trial of Geert Wilders: A Symposium

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Geert Wilders vs The Poet and The Lawyer:

“You have to be tolerant about tolerance,” says South African poet Antjie Krog. “There have to be clear regulations about how people deal with one another,” says lawyer Gerard Spong. A court case against Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right PVV, starts next week. Mr Wilders has been accused of discrimination and inciting hate. It’s a case that also explores the boundaries of tolerance.

Krog is a guest at Winternachten, an annual literary festival held in The Hague. In her opening address, she called for tolerance and interconnectedness, the notion that everything and everyone on the planet is reciprocally connected.

Read the rest here.

[Related] Vlad Tepes –  Shunning Kurt Westergaard

The International Free Press Society – The Trial of Geert Wilders: A Symposium

DutchNews.nl – Iraq report ‘almost caused cabinet collapse’

Counter Jihad – Geert Wilders vs The Poet and The Lawyer – Wilders on trial: who’s funding his defence? – Muslim critic Geert Wilders goes on trial in Netherlands – Has Wilders broken the law? – Dutch MP Wilders goes on trial – and Support Wilders now!

Earth Times – PREVIEW: Muslim critic Geert Wilders goes on trial in Netherlands

The PVV site – Inbreng Geert Wilders tijdens het debat over de kabinetsreactie op het Irak-rapport – and Wilders knokt ‘strijdbaar’ voor vrijspraak

NRC Handelsblad – Has Wilders broken the law?

Netwmd – Why I Stand with Geert Wilders

Gulf Times – Dutch MP Wilders goes on trial

Elsevier.nl – Geert Wilders: Ik ga knokken voor vrijspraak

De Telegraaf – Wilders knokt ‘strijdbaar’ voor vrijspraak

Monsters And Critics – PREVIEW: Muslim critic Geert Wilders goes on trial in Netherlands

GalliaWatch – Geert Wilders On Trial

Five Feet Of Fury – Geert Wilders: an online symposium

Israpundit – Why I Stand with Geert Wilders

Commonsense & Wonder – Geert Wilders On Trial for Voicing His Opinion?

Daniel Pipes in the Jerusalem Post – Lion’s Den: Why I stand with Geert Wilders

Deutsche Welle – Islam critic Geert Wilders to go on trial in Netherlands

EuropeNews – Geert Wilders On Trial – and The Wilders trial: Torquemada would be proud

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Wilders on trial: who’s funding his defence?

Blazing Cat Fur – The Trial of Geert Wilders: A Symposium

The Brussels Journal – The Wilders Trial: Voices From Europe

[Related] Vlad Tepes – BBC interview with Kurt Westergaard

Diana West – Postcards from Europe (to Date)

MooseandSquirrel.ca – Solidarity Rally for freedom fighter Geert Wilders TOMORROW!

The Jerusalem Post – January 21: Obama’s domestic battles

Covenant Zone – Geert Wilders Defends Our Freedom:

There is of course something fundamentally wrong with a society that allows its government to prosecute the government’s leading political opponent for the inevitably arbitrarily-defined crime of “hate speech”, the prosecutors of which avow that truth is not a defense if truth can be deemed hateful. So it’s clear that the Netherlands, like much of Europe, is sick. And now with the opening of Geert Wilders’ trial it faces a moment of truth: will it go deeper into the madness of totalitarianism or will it rediscover a respect for individual freedom and start to prosecute the real enemies, those who threaten violence against individuals speaking and living freely?

Read the rest here.

Atlas Shrugs – January 20th Wilders Trial: All Could be Lost

Gates of Vienna – Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/20/2010

Tundra Tabloids – WE’VE GOT MAIL: IT’S THE REASON WHY THIS BLOG EXISTS……. – and TIME MAGAZINE: FORD HOOD REPORT DOESN’T MENTION ISLAM OR HASAN……WHY?

Blazing Cat Fur – The Wilders Trial: Voices from Europe

Scaramouche – Free Speech on Trial

Covenant Zone – Shut up, already! Khurrum Awan sues Ezra Levant; comparisons made to Wilders trial and Fort Hood denial

Chesler Chronicles – On Trial for Telling the Truth: Free Speech vs Political Correctness

NewsReal – CNN Baloney: Wilders Trial Coverage Full Of It

Richmark Sentinel – When Ronnie Kasrils met Geert Wilders

The Faster Times – Islamophobia: Bad For The Jews

LobeLog.com – Daniel Pipes steps out of the closet… as an Islamophobe

Diana West, for Townhall.com – Useless Fort Hood Leaves Americans Unprotected

Hot Air – If John McCain Is Wise…

Pajamas Media – Geert Wilders: ‘Freedom Is Threatened in the Netherlands’

The Astute Bloggers – DANIEL PIPES: GEERT WILDERS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICIAN IN EUROPE TODAY

Red County – Geert Wilders Remarks at his Trial in Amsterdam today

Shiloh Musings – The Geert Wilders Story

Gates of Vienna – Vlaams Belang: Solidarity with Geert Wilders:

The Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang came out in support of Geert Wilders yesterday. When Mr. Wilders’ trial started, VB was demonstrating in front of the Dutch embassy in Brussels.

According to De Telegraaf, as translated by our Flemish correspondent VH:

Filip Dewinter demonstrates outside Dutch Embassy

VB Solidarity 1
BRUSSELS — The leader of Vlaams Belang, Filip Dewinter, demonstrated against Wilders’ trial on Wednesday morning outside the Dutch Embassy in Brussels. With his supporters he waved signs like “SOS democracy” and also Dutch and Flemish flags.

Read the rest here.

The Telegraph – Geert Wilders in Dutch court over anti-Islam comments

Vlad Tepes – PLEASE donate to Ezra. This is ALL our fight.

Seanrobsville – Request the Dharmapalas to protect Geert Wilders:

 Request the Dharmapalas to protect Geert Wilders
Given this pan-European panic to appease jihadism, Geert Wilders is an exceptionally brave and truthful man who is
defending everyone’s freedom of speech and religion. He is being threatened with death from murderous fanatics aided and abetted by a cynical EUrofascist superstate that has been intimidated and corrupted by the petro-dollars of the OIC.

Since Wilders is ultimately protecting the rights of Europeans to practice the dharma (or any other religion) , could all Buddhists please request your various Dharmapalas to protect him, using the four actions to save him from harm and thwart the intentions of his enemies.

Threefold return
Pagans and Wiccans may wish to invoke a protection circle round Geert Wilders, so that any harmful intentions are reflected back at his adversaries with threefold intensity. Pagans and Wiccans are, like Buddhists, regarded as Harbis by the jihadists.
A Harbi has no rights, not even the right to live.

Read the rest here.

Gates of Vienna – Bergen’s Socialists Wake up and Smell the Coffee – and Der Preis der Freiheit ist ewige Wachsamkeit

Times Online – Geert Wilders: ‘I want Muslim fanatic to speak in my defence’

Canadian Cynic – Five feet of strap-on gets her strap-on on.

Anglican Mainstream – Geert Wilders addresses the court in his political show trial

Daylight Atheism – Geert Wilders on Trial

Mark Steyn, in NRO’s The Corner – The Shunned

Canada Free Press – Hey, let’s talk about Islam!

Diana West – Fort Hood Report Says Nothing; Wilders Says It All

Vlad Tepes – Jewish Defence league speaks on Geert Wilders. Toronto Canada

Maggie’s Notebook – Geert Wilders Trial: Netherlands vs Wilders: Freedom on Trial in Netherlands

Pamela Geller, for Big Hollywood – Step Aside, Mr. Foxman: Your Remarks About Rush Are Out of Bounds

EuropeNews – The Trial of Geert Wilders – another take:

New footage has emerged from behind the scenes of the Geert Wilders trial in Amsterdam. This includes further charges of unapproved speech, for which the courts and the government will hold Geert Wilders responsible.

Read it here.

Blazing Cat Fur – Fort Hood Report Says Nothing; Wilders Says It All – and On Trial for Telling the Truth: Free Speech vs Political Correctness

Mark Steyn, for NRO’s The Corner – The Islamization of the World

Vlad Tepes – To understand the Dutch and the Geert Wilders trial, this may help

Counting Cats in Zanzibar – I don’t need vrijheid to be translated

Argue With Everyone – Islam critic Geert Wilders to go on trial in Netherlands

I Luv South Africa – Geert Wilders on Trial

Angry White Dude – DUDE OF THE WEEK – GEERT WILDERS!

Carnage And Culture – Geert Wilders: ‘Freedom Is Threatened in the Netherlands’

Old Atlantic Lighthouse – Geert Wilders Motions to dismiss on Gates of Ijtihad being open etc

Blazing Cat Fur – The Islamization of the World

Ideas and Consequences, by Robert Sibley – Wilders’ court speech shows courage in defending western culture against Islamization

Vlad Tepes – Mark Steyn: The Islamization of the World

The Corner – Wilders on Trial

Cranmer – Geert Wilders addresses the court in his political show trial

Atlas Shrugs – Atlas EXCLUSIVE Nidra Poller: “I killed my Jew” Part II – Ex-Muslim on Why Islam Should Be Criticized – Geert Wilders Trial: Scenes From the Criminal prosecution of Free Speech – and Righteous Rush vs. Fetid Foxman

Tundra Tabloids – MARK STEYN: IF A MUSLIM FASTS WHY SHOULD A NON-MUSLIM EASE UP ON THE DONUTS……? – PAMELA GELLER ADDRESSES ADL HEAD IN BIG JOURNALISM: HEY FOXMAN, TAKE A HIKE……! – and VIDEO OF DUTCH SUPPORTERS OF GEERT WILDERS IN FRONT OF COURT BUILDING…….

Vlad Tepes – Wonderful video of Dutch people protesting for Geert.

Leslie S. Lebl – Geert Wilders on trial

CultureWatch – Islam and Dutch Tolerance

New Videos for – Monday Jan 25 ’10





The real question of the Wilders trial

25 01 2010

By Lawrence Auster, via View From The Right:

It is not, Did Wilders incite to hatred and discrimination against Muslims? And it is not, Is the government infringing on Wilders’s right of free speech? It is, Shall the Netherlands exist? I recommend a perusal of the long criminal indictment of Geert Wilders for inciting to hatred and discrimination against Muslims (posted at the Hudson Institute site, discussed previously here) as it consists entirely of his own statements about Islam. When his various comments are collected together like this, the consistency, power and truthfulness of his message, including the truthfulness and correctness of his occasional tough language, stands out more than ever. Which means that what he is being put on trial for is true statements about Islam. As I understand it, he is going to argue in court that the truth of his statements is a defense from the charge of inciting to hatred and discrimination. Is it true, as Wilders has said, that the Koran is a Mein Kampf like document that dehumanizes non-Muslims and calls for their destruction? Is it true that the program of Islam is the complete destruction of Western freedom and Western nationhood? Is it true that Dutch people should find this very alarming and that alarmist language is justified? There are various problems with the Dutch law that leave it open to challenge on technical grounds. For example, “incitement to hatred and discrimination” is too vague for a criminal statute, as it makes it impossible for people to know if their behavior is criminal or not, and leaves it up to law enforcement officials to define the law according to their whim, the very definition of tyranny. However, as important as that issue is, my own thoughts on the case tend to focus on a different type of question. When the indictment of Wilders came out in December, and I looked at the charges and the kinds of statements for which he was being charged, I thought:

Wilders is saying that Islam is dangerous and violent, that Islamic immigration should be stopped, that sharia believers should be made to leave. He is calling for discrimination against Islam, which of course I also support. His statements could therefore be reasonably characterized as “incitement to discrimination.” Meaning he is guilty under the law, a law which says you cannot criticize a group that intends the destruction of your country. So let’s have it out. Let’s state clearly that we believe in discrimination against Islam. Let’s have the debate between those who think that discrimination against Islam is necessary to prevent the Islamization of our society, and those who think that it’s criminal to oppose the Islamization of our society.

Read the rest here.





Advice for Geert Wilders

24 01 2010

A reader CC’s:

Dear Mr. Wilders,

I am sorry to hear about your unjust persecution, and have been following it up. I am not a lawyer, but I have been thinking about your case very strongly. As an ex-Muslim woman, I would suggest that you argue strongly for the ‘intention’ i.e motive of your comments. Being brought up as a Muslim woman, I have been brainwashed (dangerously cult-like) since at young age in a persistent culture of hate – starting as young child, to spit at churches. And that the Jews were ‘Satans”! Thus, your comments’ ‘intention’ in criticizing Islam would be to help eliminate such culture of hate in Islam, especially now increasingly controlled by violent extremist Islamist network, including under the leadership of Al-Qaeda; an dto liberate women/girls, agys, converts from Islam and non-Muslims, who are being violated and persecuted using Islam. I was finally de-brainwashed, gradually  due to the culture of liberty that I had been exposed to, ever since coming to the West, and after going into a church, for the first time, at 19 years old, in Canada. But even then, it is a long process due to my upbringing and much torn loyalty to my family, especially my parents. Without such culture of liberty as promoted in the Western civilization, I would not have seek and found out the tragic truth, amidst all the lies that I was brought up in, as a Muslim.

Further,  I also think, you should include Anthropological expert as your witness expert. In order to de-construct’ the racial label behind ‘Muslims’ and ‘Moroccan/immigrants’, since all these labels do not represent a race, and the racially categorizing of ‘Muslims’ is a recent pure political phenomena, and in order to deny the Jewish genuine racial identity, which is socio-cultural identity since biblical times, rather than political.  Moroccans represents a broad category of citizens, not about race. Nor a group of  immigrants either, since it is a complex broad category of diverse people such as of ‘Western’.

I don’t know if this will help at all; and if does not, my apology. But thank you for being a bravely truthful man and politician. Thanks to politicians like yourself, many women/girls, gays, converts from Islam, like myself, and non-Muslims, especially persecuted ones in Islamic/partly Islamic-ruled countries, will be liberated from the most terrible persecution of the 21st. century fascsim ie. Dark Age Islamism!

Yours Sincerely,

XXXX

Germany





The JDL’s Solidarity Rally for Geert Wilders

23 01 2010

Remember the Jewish Defense League’s Solidary Rally for Geert Wilders on the 20th? Well, it seems to have gone well. Unfortunately, I’m a bit late in getting on top of this, but hopefully this post will catch me up to the rest of the world.

First of all, here’s the JDL’s run-down of the event’s coverage: Geert Wilders* Solidarity Rally – Summary:

Many Many thanks to the Bloggers who quickly summarized the Solidarity Rally Program, Jan. 20, 2010 @ the Toronto Zionist Centre….

We are all *Geert Wilders*

Five Feet of Fury
http://www.fivefeetoffury.com/:entry:fivefeet-2010-01-21-0000/

Blazing Cat Fur
http://blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/2010/01/its-so-refreshing-to-listen-to-rabbi.html

Covenant Zone
http://covenantzone.blogspot.com/2010/01/toronto-rally-for-geert-wilders.html

Lumpy Grumpy and Frumpy
http://lumpygrumpyandfrumpy.blogspot.com/2010/01/last-nights-rally-for-geert-wilders.html

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Many Many Thanks to the many Bloggers who promoted the Rally and helped make the evening a success…

Scaramouche
http://scaramouchee.blogspot.com/2010/01/free-speech-on-trial.html

Free Dominion Forum
http://www.freedominion.com.pa/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=127062

Small Dead Animals
http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/013124.html

Girl on the Right
http://girlontheright.com/

Sassy Wire
http://sassywire.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/solidarity-rally-for-dutch-freedom-fighter-geert-wilders-tonight/

Ghost of a Flea
http://www.ghostofaflea.com/archives/013438.html

Moose and Squirrel
http://mooseandsquirrel.ca/2010/01/21/10:51/successful-rally-in-toronto-last-night-in-support-of-freedom-fighter-geert-wilders/comment-page-1/

English Nationalist Party
http://englishnationalistparty.com/join-us-solidarity-rally-geert-wilders-0

Blogging Tories
http://www.bloggingtories.ca/tag/solidarity_rally/

Defending Geert Wilders
https://defendgeertwilders.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/the-weekly-wilders-round-up-23/

No Dhimmitude
http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com/2010/01/rally-for-geert-wilders.html

Read the rest here.

Here’s Blazing Cat Fur’s summary of the event: It’s so refreshing to listen to a Rabbi who’s unafraid of the CHRC…

Meet Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, what a refreshing change of pace from the usual PC crowd. The following videos are from last nights JDL sponsored “Support Geert Wilders Rally” First up Rabbi Hausman followed by Meir Weinstein, Ron Banerjee of Canadian Hindu Advocacy,  Bjorn Larsen, Harold Jacob Bennet, and FiveFeetOfFury.

Read the rest, including video, here.

And here is Kathy Shaidle’s – one of the speakers at the event – run-down, via Five Feet Of Fury: Packed house for Geert Wilders in Toronto last night!

Terrific turnout last night.

We got an update on the trial from Bjorn Larsen — Wilders is back in court the first week of February, so I’ll let you know of any events scheduled for that day.

I was afraid my little talk would be a partypooper. However, to my surprise, all the other speakers said the same thing: we all have to start “being Geert Wilders” instead of just admiring him, then muttering into our coffee about the latest outrage and keeping our heads down.

The indefatigable Mississauga Matt filmed all the speakers. Throughout the day, he’ll be posting them at his YouTube site.

I’m (reluctantly) posting mine here, since some readers have asked me to. Ugh. Oh well.

Read the rest here.

Meanwhile:

MooseandSquirrel.ca – Successful rally in Toronto last night in support of freedom fighter Geert Wilders!

Jihad Watch – “If Geert Wilders is your last hope, then we have got bigger problems than Holland”

And from Covenant Zone: Toronto Rally for Geert Wilders:

Last night, the Jewish Defense League in Toronto organized a rally on behalf of Geert Wilders and the cause of free speech and democracy everywhere. The great sdamatt is posting videos from the event on youtube. I don’t think he’s finished yet, but here is what he has so far.

Read the rest here.

Finally, as mentioned several times above, sdamatt2 on Youtube has got all the video goodness of the event up on his Youtube page. Here are some of the videos, but visit his page to see them all:





Geert Wilders on trial – day one, part two

21 01 2010

The coverage keeps coming in – let’s hope that I’v been able to keep on top of the bulk of things, here. Some links might have already been posted in previous posts, but hey – I’m only one man. And I like to be thorough.

Gates of Vienna – The Trial of Geert Wilders – Does Freedom Still Have a Home In This Country? – A Partial List of Witnesses – Tabled Until February 3rd – “It Is Becoming Frightening Now…” – The Opening Salvos – Geert Akhbar! – Aiming for Acquittal?

DutchNews.nl – Wilders’ inciting hatred court case starts – Wilders’ trial for inciting hatred starts (update) – and Wilders’ trial to resume in February:

The trial of MP Geert Wilders on inciting hatred and discrimination charges will resume on February 3, judges in Amsterdam said on Wednesday.

Following yesterday’s initial hearing, judges will now decide who will be called as witnesses and on other procedural motions from both the prosecution and defence.

Wilders’ ended Wednesday’s session by stating that his defence rested not only on freedom of expression laws but the fact he is telling the truth. ‘Something that is true can’t be a criminal offence,’ he was quoted by Nos tv as saying. ‘This is why I ask [the court] to allow my expert witnesses to give testimony. I have to be able to defend myself. I have to be able to show I have spoken the truth.’

All eight other MPs from his anti-Islam party, the PVV, were among the public in court for the hearing. Some 300 supporters had also gathered outside the court building.

Wilders’ witness list includes university professors, radical imams and Mohammed Bouyeri, the man who murdered film maker Theo van Gogh.

Order

Earlier, public prosecutor Birgit van Roessel told the court Wilders’ own testimony will take so long to be heard that he should be first questioned in private by an investigating judge.

Initial extensive questioning about all Wilders’ statements would place ‘a major burden’ on the court, she said. In addition, the hearing will take place in front of a large audience who may react to his statements, she said. So it must be asked if the hearing can take place ‘in the desired order and calm’, she told the court.

The prosecution is not planning to bring any witnesses to the trial, she said.

Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz began his defence by calling on judges to halt the trial, arguing the public prosecution department had wrongly brought the case against the MP. He also called for the trial to be moved to the Hague, because that is where Wilders works.

Read the rest here.

Why Evolution Is True – Geert Wilders goes on trial

Spero News – Controversial Dutch politician facing a political trial

The Washington Post – Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker faces hate speech trial

The China Post – Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Wilders faces hate speech trial

The U.S. Daily – Dutch far-right MP in court over anti-Islam comments

SvD – Högerextremisten Wilders inför rätta

FOX News – Anti-Islamic Dutch Lawmaker Faces Hate Speech Trial

Kuwait Times – Dutch far-right MP in court over anti-Islam comments

RTB News – Dutch far-right MP on trial over anti-Islam remarks

FTO – Geert Wilders speech at pre-trial hearing

Taiwan News Online – Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker faces hate speech trial

American Free Press – Dutch filmmaker in court over anti-Islam hate speech

The Sydney Morning Herald – Dutch anti-Islam trial

Council On Foreign Relations – Daily News Brief

Deutsche Welle – Islam critic Geert Wilders to go on trial in Netherlands

Deutsche Welle – Dutch film-maker in court over anti-Islam hate speech

Pakistan Observer – Dutch lawmaker faces anti-Islam speech trial

Bridget’s World News Blog – Dutch Lawmaker Goes on Trial for Views on Islam

Euronews [including video] – Dutch MP in court for “inciting hatred”

Weasel Zippers – Netherlands: Geert Wilders Trial for Insulting Islam Begins….UPDATE: Second Pic Added (momma)

FrontPage Mag – Geert Wilders: Freedom on Trial

The Jawa Report – Geert Wilders to Anti-Freedom Speech Nazi Court: Suck My Balls!

Sphere.com – Geert Wilders

Earth Times – Islam critic Geert Wilders goes on trial in Netherlands – Summary

The Montreal Gazette – Dutch MP in court over anti-Islam comments

Expatica.com – Press Review Wednesday 20 January 2010

Bruce Bawer, for City Journal – A Dark Day for the Enlightenment

Haveeru Online – Dutch MP in court over anti-Islam comments

Press TV – Dutch MP on trial for anti-Islam campaign

CNN – Filmmaker Geert Wilders faces hatred charges

The Mercury – Free speech case begins Dutch politician stands trial for inciting hatred

The Times Online – Geert Wilders: ‘I want Muslim fanatic to speak in my defence’:

Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-Right MP, has demanded that his race hate trial should hear evidence from the fanatic who used the Koran to justify killing the director of an anti-Islamic film.

It marked an incendiary opening to the landmark case that has divided the Netherlands over the limits of freedom. Mr Wilders, 46, who is accused of incitement and discrimination, asked for 18 witnesses to be called in his defence, including Mohammed Bouyeri, the man who stabbed and shot Theo Van Gogh in an Amsterdam street in 2004.

Read the rest here.

The Press & Journal – Anti-Islam MP appears in Dutch court on hate charges

Truthdig – Trial Opens for Anti-Islamic Dutch Politician

The Press Association – Anti-Islam MP faces hate charges

The Christian Institute – Controversial Dutch MP’s hate crime trial begins

VOA News – Dutch Politician on Trial for Anti-Muslim Comments

The Telegraph – Geert Wilders in Dutch court over anti-Islam comments

Pierre’s Middle East Issues Blog – Geert Wilders On Trial for Insulting Islam

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Geert Wilders pulls no punches in courtroom:

Geert Wilders did not pull any punches in a courtroom reaction during the preliminary hearing of his trial on charges of inciting hatred. On the first day of the trial in a courtroom in Amsterdam, a few hundred people protested quietly outside the building, while the lawyers inside presented their plans.

Between two and three hundred people turned up to support Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. Police were out in force, but had little to keep them occupied. The protesters were well behaved and peaceful. Some even seemed to surprise themselves when they shouted P-V-V as Geert Wilders’ colleague parliamentarians entered the courtroom (PVV are the Dutch initials for the Freedom Party). For the three hours that followed, the atmosphere was relaxed and conversational. This is in stark contrast to the tone Mr Wilders set in the courtroom at the end of the day.

The price of liberty
Speaking to the three judges of the Amsterdam District Court, Mr Wilders gave a rousing oratory on the defence of liberty. He said he has devoted his life to protecting freedom, and is paying the price for it every day. Quoting the third American president Thomas Jefferson, Wilders said eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

Mr Wilders’ oration was particularly striking in that it followed a day of legalistic to and fro among his defence lawyer, the two public prosecutors, and the senior judge. The preliminary hearing gives the court the chance to learn how the two sides plan to conduct their cases. The trial will start in earnest on an as-yet to be determined date.

Seventeen witnesses
The Freedom Party leader closed his talk with an appeal to the court to allow all seventeen witnesses he would like to call to testify. The public prosecutor had objected to the number, perhaps fearing a months-long seminar on anti-Islamic sentiments.

But Wilders responded by telling the judges: allow all my witnesses, or there can be no question of a fair trial.

This presents the three judges with a challenge. Jan Moors, the senior judge of the three judge panel, indicated in his tone and body language that he wants to be as impartial as possible.

Read the rest here.

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Geert Wilders’ personal speech at pre-trial hearing

21 01 2010

From GeertWilders.nl:

Mister Speaker, judges of the court,

I would like to make use of my right to speak for a few minutes.

Freedom is the most precious of all our attainments and the most vulnerable. People have devoted their lives to it and given their lives for it. Our freedom in this country is the outcome of centuries. It is the consequence of a history that knows no equal and has brought us to where we are now.

I believe with all my heart and soul that the freedom in the Netherlands is threatened. That what our heritage is, what generations could only dream about, that this freedom is no longer a given, no longer self-evident.

I devote my life to the defence of our freedom. I know what the risks are and I pay a price for it every day. I do not complain about it; it is my own decision. I see that as my duty and it is why I am standing here.
I know that the words I use are sometimes harsh, but they are never rash. It is not my intention to spare the ideology of conquest and destruction, but I am not any more out to offend people. I have nothing against Muslims. I have a problem with Islam and the Islamization of our country because Islam is at odds with freedom.

Future generations will wonder to themselves how we in 2010, in this place, in this room, earned our most precious attainment. Whether there is freedom in this debate for both parties and thus also for the critics of Islam, or that only one side of the discussion may be heard in the Netherlands? Whether freedom of speech in the Netherlands applies to everyone or only to a few? The answer to this is at once the answer to the question whether freedom still has a home in this country.

Freedom was never the property of a small group, but was always the heritage of us all. We are all blessed by it.

Lady Justice wears a blindfold, but she has splendid hearing. I hope that she hears the following sentences, loud and clear:
It is not only a right, but also the duty of free people to speak against every ideology that threatens freedom. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States was right: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

I hope that the freedom of speech shall triumph in this trial.

In conclusion, Mister Speaker, judges of the court.

This trial is obviously about the freedom of speech. But this trial is also about the process of establishing the truth. Are the statements that I have made and the comparisons that I have taken, as cited in the summons, true? If something is true then can it still be punishable? This is why I urge you to not only submit to my request to hear witnesses and experts on the subject of freedom of speech. But I ask you explicitly to honour my request to hear witnesses and experts on the subject of Islam. I refer not only to Mister Jansen and Mister Admiraal, but also to the witness/experts from Israel, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Without these witnesses, I cannot defend myself properly and, in my opinion, this would not be an fair trial.

Read it here. Vlad Tepes also has a copy.