While the latest twist in the case is sensational and the outcome at least temporarily beneficial for Freedom of Speech, there is a sinister shadow in the background that bodes ill for both Europe and The United States. Islam by all appearances has sunken its hooks deeply into The Netherlands’ judicial system.
Yesterday, the hate-speech case against Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders was stopped, the panel of judges dumped, and he will be re-tried. Why? On May 3, 2010, the judge (read that: Inquisitor) who ordered the case to trial reportedly showed up at a social gathering dinner – and began to do some pre-testimony de facto tampering with one of Wilders’ defense witnesses. The witness, Hans Jansen, was to give expert testimony on May 6, 2010, regarding Koranic scripture and Sharia (Muslim law), which would be necessary to demonstrate the link between acts of violent jihad and codified Muslim doctrine.
Jansen’s blog post says that during the evening the judge, Tom Schalken, engaged Jansen in conversation about the Wilders case and spoke about why it was so important to bring him to trial. From Jansen’s blog:
“…Now and then Tom Schalken tried his best to act friendly and jovially started a conversation. Each time, he steered the conversation towards the Wilders trial. Any unemployed actor had done that act of friendly bonhomie better. He tried to convince me of the rightfulness of his decision to put Geert Wilders on trial. Schalken, the Emeritus Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Balkenende, Rouvoet and Bos, let me know this was scientifically an ‘imposingly interesting case’ that needed tremendous study and that gave all kinds of perspectives…”
From The Telegraph.co.uk’s coverage of the development came this:
“…The judge, Tom Schalken, was part of the court which in January 2009 ruled the public prosecution department should take Mr Wilders to court.
During “ill-manned and unprofessional” exchanges, Judge Schalken tried to “convince me of the correctness of his decision to take Wilders to court,” Prof. Jansen claimed…”
Wilders successfully moved to have his case dismissed and a new panel of judges appointed. But it’s far from over.
During a criminal justice system career that spanned from 1980 to 2004, I met a lot of judges. I testified in more Courtrooms than I can recall, at pre-trial hearings and trials – for prosecution teams and defense teams. It is difficult for me to imagine any of the judges I encountered engaging in the conduct described by Hans Jansen. But then, it’s difficult for me to imagine a trial like this one in The United States of America.
That a man would risk his reputation as a judge to tamper with an expert witness leads me to believe that there is some force at work in the background. Wilders is on trial for insulting Islam and inciting hatred thereof. With the Islamization of the entire Continent of Europe well under way, I can think of one place to begin looking for the suspect.