From Monsters & Critics:
Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ trial on charges of hate speech can go ahead after objections were brushed aside by the Public Prosecutor, Dutch news agency ANP reported Wednesday.The trial had been adjourned on Monday after the lawyer of the populist anti-Islam politician questioned the partiality of the judges and claimed the court was ‘not qualified’.
Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz had argued that his client was being accused of ‘far more than was included in the formal charges, which mention hatemongering, discrimination and insulting a section of the population (muslims)’.
A second objection, that the Amsterdam court was not qualified to try him in this case, was rejected as the alleged offences were committed in Amsterdam.
This is Wilders’ second trial over allegations that he incited hatred of Muslims.