Geert Wilders In Criminal Court Again: Demands A Fair Trial

geert-wildersGeert Wilders, parliamentarian and leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), the largest political party  in The Netherlands, once again faces criminal charges under The Netherlands’ “hate speech” statutes.  It is fairly common these days in Europe for people who speak out against Islam’s doctrines and practices to end up in criminal Courts, in jeopardy of imprisonment and /or monetary fines.  Passage of these hate speech laws has been driven by the political force of Islam, which now comprises about 10% of the Dutch population and grows greater in numbers by the day.

Mr. Wilders has been through this sort of criminal trial ordeal on a prior occasion.  The first time he was acquitted of all charges.  It is worth remembering that he is a man who is marked for assassination by the Forces of Islam.  He has not been to his home for years, living under the constant protection of Dutch Police and military personnel.  He cannot walk about freely, as other citizens do.  He is a man imprisoned in his own nation for speaking out against the Islamization of The Netherlands.

Here is Mr. Wilders’ declaration made before the Court at The Hague on November 25, 2015, on the occasion of this, his second criminal trial:

Mr. President, members of the Chamber,

I have the right to a fair trial. That is why I am here.
Not to ask you a favor. But to ask you what I am entitled to.
A fair trial. And the right to defend myself in the best possible way.
If you do not give me that chance then this trial will be a farce.

During the first meeting the investigative judge told to me, “You should have a fair chance, the law will be interpreted broadly.” But the opposite has happened. All my 39 requests, all the requests from the defendant have been rejected.
Apparently, I am not allowed an adequate defense.

The investigative judge is uncritically following the Public Prosecutor. The Chamber agreed with the Public Prosecutor to reject the first twelve requests. Hopefully, that will not be the case for the 27 rejections that you must decide on now. Because if all reasonable requests are rejected, then I cannot defend myself, and I apparently have to be sentenced at all costs.
I am taken to court for what I have said.
But I have said nothing wrong.
Fewer Moroccans, fewer Syrians, fewer Mexicans, fewer Russians, I do not see why stating that is punishable. However, when Turkish members of the Dutch parliament call me a tumor that must be fought and when they compare me to Hitler, then there is no consternation, no massive complaints on pre-printed forms, no prime minister who speaks shame of it and no Public Prosecutor to come into action.
What kind of country are we living in?!
I speak for millions of Dutch. And I will continue to do so.
That is my duty as a representative of the people.
And that is my right. It is a travesty that I have to stand here before you today.

I have done nothing wrong.
At least, I want to be allowed to defend myself in court.
I want to hear witnesses and experts so that I can defend myself.

The investigative judge promised me a fair chance, but he did not give me such a chance.
I now turn to you: Give me the chance to defend myself.
Give me the chance to a fair trial.


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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5 Responses to Geert Wilders In Criminal Court Again: Demands A Fair Trial

  1. James Clark says:

    Its bad enough Geert and many other European politicians from France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany who speak out against Islam ALL HAVE death threats and are MARKED men and women. All now have to live underground in SAFE HOUSES. If I knew if they needed an extra house I would offer my home in Stuttgart…with a condition, I am given a couple of M-16s and .45s in case one of the many Al Qaeda, ISIS sleeper cells that are known in my area were to attack. God Bless Geert,,,even if he is an Atheist. I keep praying for his eternal soul.

  2. I don’t know a bigger fan of Geert than you John L.Work! But keep up the work, We can only pray that everyone’s hard work and persistence will ultimately pay off

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