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Wilders goes on trial, charged with inciting hatred and discrimination
The trial of MP Geert Wilders on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination kicked off at the heavily armed Schiphol court room on Friday.
A handful of Pegida supporters were outside the court to support Wilders, who described the proceeding as a 'farce'. On Thursday evening it emerged that his lawyer's strategy and main statement had been leaked to the AD newspaper.
That document showed that Wilders wanted to call prime minister Mark Rutte, his deputy Lodewijk Asscher, counter terrorism chief Dick Schoof and a number of other ministers and officials as witnesses. Those requests have all been denied by the court.
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