Tomorrowmorning in the extra-secured court at Schiphol airport the trial against Geert Wilders resumes.
It is a politicial trial not only because Geert Wilders is being prosecuted for expressing his opinion – not favoured by the political elite. It is a political trial as well because of the political interferance in the process.
Earlier this month Geert Wilders called for a parliamentary inquiry into the political interference in his trial.
Wilders’ defense team obtained a notary statement from a former official of the Department of Justice in which the official declares overhearing a conversation between the then Secretary-General and then Minister of Justice Opstelten.
According to this remarkable statement Opstelten explicitly said that the public prosecutor should proceed to prosecute Wilders because ‘he is getting in our way’.
Dutch media reported about contact between Opstelten and the head of the public prosecutor about the case in 2014.
They also mention Opstelten was keen to see Wilders prosecuted.
Current Minister of Justice Ferd Grapperhaus still refuses to send documents detailing the meetings –which had been officially denied – to parliament.
The documents will remain secret, the minister told MPs.
The original appeal began in May last year but Wilders’ legal team successfully applied for the judges to be removed after alleging bias.
The appeal is due to resume later this month. Both Opstelten and former prosecution chief Herman Bolhaar have recently been heard behind closed doors.
This political interference is unworthy of a western democracy and this trial must be stopped!
Click here to read the RTL Nieuws article (Dutch)
Click here to read the Telegraaf newspaper article (Dutch)