Dutch lawmaker Wilders appeals discrimination conviction

Source: Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders began his appeal on Thursday against a conviction for inciting discrimination, accusing prosecutors of trying to destroy his right to free speech.

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders appears in court in Amsterdam

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders appears in court for his appeal against a conviction for inciting discrimination accusing prosecutors of trying to destroy his right to free speech, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders appears in court for his appeal against a conviction for inciting discrimination, accusing prosecutors of trying to destroy his right to free speech, in Amsterdam, Netherlands May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts

Wilders, whose party finished second in an election last year, is the leader of the opposition in the Netherlands and one of the leading figures in Europe’s far right.

“What the Islamists haven’t been able to do to me, the prosecutors are trying to do anyway: destroy freedom of expression,” Wilders said on Twitter before the start of Thursday’s hearing, held in a special high-security courtroom near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

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