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Dutch MP hate speech trial 'far-reaching', court hears
The hate speech trial of Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders is a "political process" which could have a lasting impact on the Netherlands, a court heard on Thursday.
"If you ask me whether this case is a political process that may have far-reaching consequences, not only in the Netherlands but the whole world, I would say so," Paul Cliteur, a Leiden-based law professor and philosopher told judges.
Cliteur was testifying for the defence as hearings resumed in the case against the far-right politician, accused of insulting a racial group and inciting racial hatred after comments he made about Moroccans living in the Netherlands.
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