Dutch lawmaker back in court for hate speech case

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.