Wilders points to recent riots in new final word ‘less-Moroccan process

Today Geert Wilders had the last word again during the conclusion of his criminal case on appeal concerning his ‘less Moroccan’ verdict. He did so for a second time because new evidence was added to the file. In the final word the politician also referred to recent riots in The Hague and Utrecht.

The court sentenced Wilders in 2016 for group insults and incitement to discrimination, but imposed no punishment. Both the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the politician appealed. Wilders believes that he is being unjustly prosecuted. According to him, the Public Prosecution Service should therefore be declared inadmissible.

New supporting documents

After Wilders’ previous closing words at the beginning of July, new documents were added to the file by the defense. This was done with the approval of the OM. It concerns a letter to the AD from a police officer and an article about it in the newspaper. The response of the Public Prosecution Service was also added.

In his closing words, Wilders quoted the police officer:

According to Wilders, the documents support the defense’s defense that has been encouraged to press charges. “Sometimes with the mayor at the forefront.” Wilders also says that the police went to the mosque with pre-printed report forms. According to Wilders there was also political influence. He is convinced that then Minister of Justice Opstelten had a firm hand in prosecuting him. The Public Prosecution Service has always strongly contradicted this

The PVV leader is on trial for statements he made in March 2014. At an election meeting, the politician asked his audience three questions: whether they wanted more or less European Union, Labour Party and finally Moroccans. The public scanned increasingly harshly “Less! Less!” in response. Wilders then said: “Then we’re going to settle that” According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the PVVs were inciting hatred.

Belgian youth

Wilders did say that it was “of course not” exclusively Moroccans who do that. “But it was the majority. Even the Moroccans themselves now say on television that there is a Moroccan problem in the Netherlands. And that’s exactly the problem I meant”, says Wilders, who also points to documents that would show that.

“Moroccans are over-represented in almost all the wrong statistics such as crime, benefit dependency and terror. That is not an opinion but a fact”, according to Wilders.

“And again, I’m not saying – and I never said this – that all Moroccans are not virtuous or criminal. That would be obvious nonsense. I don’t have anything against all Moroccans. But I have been mentioning this social problem for years. That’s also my job as a politician and I provide democratic solutions to it.”

The Court of Appeals pronounced on 4 September in the ‘less-Moroccan process’.