Dutch prosecutors dismiss anti-Islam MP's trial objections
Dutch prosecutors asked judges on Wednesday to dismiss anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders' objections to their competence in a bid to have his hate speech trial thrown out.
"The appeals court ordered us to prosecute, and we must do that," prosecutor Paul Velleman told the Amsterdam district court, insisting there was no problem with jurisdiction as claimed by the rightwing MP.
On Monday, Wilders' lawyer Bram Moszkowicz asked the court to declare itself and the prosecution not competent in the case.
If the judges decide to uphold Wilders' objections, the case could be thrown out. A decision is expected on March 30.
Wilders, 47, faces five counts of giving offence to Muslims and of inciting hatred against Muslims and people of non-Western immigrant origin, particularly Moroccans, in numerous public statements since October 2006.