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Dutch court orders retrial in anti-Islam hate speech case
by Nicole Goebel
Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders welcomed the decision by a Dutch court to order a retrial with new judges, after he complained that the current judges were biased.
"This gives me a new chance of a new fair trial," Wilders told the Reuters news agency. "I'm confident I can only be acquitted, because I have broken no law, but spoken the truth," he insisted.
Wilders' lawyer had asked the court to replace the judges because of concern about their being biased, after they did not immediately approve a request to hear testimony from a witness the defense considered crucial to its case.
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