Dutch Anti-Islam lawmaker asks for dismissal of hate speech case

AMSTERDAM - A lawyer for Dutch politician Geert Wilders on Friday argued for dismissal of hate speech charges brought against the far right lawmaker for calling for a reduction in the number of Moroccans in the Netherlands.
Wilders, who currently leads in polls ahead of national elections scheduled for March 15, faces a fine of up to 7,400 euros and a year in jail for discrimination and inciting racism for televised 2014 remarks which also included calling Moroccans "scum."
In a pretrial hearing, lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops called for early dismissal of the suit, saying Wilders' remarks were protected by freedom of speech laws, which he said should be interpreted liberally when they are part of political discourse.
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