Netherlands "Justice": How Do You Feel?
by Diana West
January 20, 2010
From an RNW account of the first day of the trial:
Mr Wilders' attorney, the well-known criminal defence lawyer Bram Moszkowicz, asked the court to have the entire writ against his client read out in court. The panel of three judges said it was unnecessary, but did instruct the prosecutor to read out Mr Wilders' statements on which the case is based.
After the statements had been read, the senior judge had the following exchange with the defendant (translated):
Judge: "Mr Wilders, I can see that you are listening very intently, butwhat are you feeling right now? I cannot sense any emotion in you whatsoever."
Feeling right now? Emotion whatsoever?
What is this, a court proceeding or an encounter session? "The senior judge" on an Amsterdam court, or a spirit guide on a shamanic journey? It's hard to imagine a less appropriate and more weird question coming from the bench.
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