Dutch retrial ordered for Wilders hate speech case; judges dismissed

Associated Press: “A Dutch court ordered a retrial Friday for anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, sending the closely-watched hate speech case back to square one before a whole new panel of judges.” | More from the BBC.

Leon de Winter writing at Pajamas Media: “In the conclusion to a bizarre trial — in which the prosecution already called for the acquittal of the defendant — Wilders’ lawyer Abraham Moszkowicz today asked for dismissal of the three judges, and his request was approved by the dismissal commission of the court. Now, the trial will have to start over from the beginning.”

Ann Snyder writing at The Legal Project: “In a stunning development, a retrial has been ordered after the panel of judges hearing the case was determined to be biased. This point was raised early on by Wilders’ able counsel Bram Moszkowic and rejected. Now, new evidence has emerged of an improper meeting between one of the judges and a potential expert witness on Islam. It could be months before a new trial commences. The unending litigation only amplifies the chilling effect such prosecutions have on free speech.”