Dutch lawmaker back in court for hate speech case

February 7, 2011 20:29


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AMSTERDAM — Lawyers for Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said Monday that if their client's hate-speech case is not dismissed they want a retrial with new defense witnesses including the country's most notorious convicted terrorist.

Wilders faces charges of inciting hatred against Muslims after he compared Islam to fascism and called for a ban on the Koran.

It is "my right and my duty as a member of parliament to speak the truth about the evil ideology that is called Islam," he told judges in a courtroom speech at the end of Monday's televised hearing.

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