Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders begins appeal against conviction for inciting discrimination

Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders begins appeal against conviction for inciting discrimination

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has begun an appeal against his 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination and insulting Moroccans. The politician called for the Hague Appeals Court judges in his case to be replaced, arguing they were not impartial. “I am here… against my will and the least I expected was that you would give me a fair hearing,”Wilders said Thursday. The lawyer says the judges showed they weren’t impartial by rejecting a request to call more witnesses and carry out further investigations in the appeal case, AP reports. A separate panel of judges will now consider Wilders’ request before the case can continue. Wilders was convicted in December 2016 but given no punishment for comments that judges deemed insulting to Moroccans.

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