PREVIEW: Trial of Islam critic Geert Wilders set to resume
by Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Amsterdam - An Amsterdam court is to resume proceedings on Wednesday against Islam critic Geert Wilders to rule on the charges to be heard before the court and the number of witnesses to be called.
The trial opened January 20 when the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party PVV was to answer allegations of discrimination and incitement to hatred. After a day of reviewing technical legal issues, the court adjourned until February 3.
The trial is to decide whether the leader of the liberal-rightist Freedom Party PVV violated Dutch law by calling the Koran a 'fascist book' and Islam a 'backward culture.'
Prosecutors also claim Wilders' 16-minute internet video Fitna, released in March 2008, incites people to hatred against Muslims.
The film warns against the spread of radical Islam and the alleged 'Islamization' of the Netherlands.
During the first administrative hearing, the prosecution and defence argued over which witnesses should be heard.
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