Wilders trial collapses, set to restart with new judges after bias claim
The trial of MP Geert Wilders on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination must be heard again, a special committee of Amsterdam district court ruled on Friday afternoon.
After a day of bizarre twists, Wilders' lawyer Bram Moszkowicz again asked for the judges to be dismissed because they refused to rule on whether a key witness should be recalled.
According to De Pers newspaper, defence witnesses Hans Jansen may have been pressured by another court official at a dinner party.
There is something deeply and disturbingly rotten with the Dutch legal system.
Their baying for Wilder's blood has clouded their judgement. This wasn't an innocent mistake by Tom Schalken, but it belies an unbridled arrogance of believing to be above the law, that the law is a valid instrument of personal ideological ambition.
It should by now be clear to everyone excepting those party to the ideological vigilant mission, that Wilder's can not get a fair trail in the Netherlands and if the Dutch people don't demand that an end be put to this show- process-at-all-costs, then they will be the losers and the lesser for it.
No to a re-trial, dismiss all charges.