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Hate Trial Begins Against Dutch Lawmaker

Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 09:45 AM

Supporters of Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders have demonstrated outside court at the start of his trial for allegedly inciting hate.

The case is seen as an important test weighing Wilders' right to freedom of speech against Dutch immigrants' rights to freedom of religion and freedom from persecution.

"This case is about more than Mr. Wilders," his lawyer Bram Moszkowicz told Amsterdam District Court. "It touches us all. It is such an important and principled question that could have far-reaching consequences."

Wilders has been charged for more than 100 public statements, including remarks comparing the Koran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and calling for it to be banned in the Netherlands.

He also produced the short film "Fitna," which offended Muslims around the world by juxtaposing Koranic verses with images of terrorism by Islamic radicals.

Mr Moszkowicz challenged the court's jurisdiction and argued the charges should be dismissed. Formal opening arguments will not be heard until March.

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