Wilders faces verdict in Dutch hate speech trial

Dutch MP Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom is to hear today the verdict in his trial for insulting a racial group and inciting racial hatredPopulist Dutch MP Geert Wilders will learn his fate Friday when judges hand down their verdict in his closely watched hate speech trial, just over three months ahead of crucial parliamentary elections. Wilders, 53, whose far-right Freedom Party (PVV) is spearheading polls ahead of a crunch vote on March 15, told AFP on Thursday he won’t be present at the high security courthouse near Schiphol airport. Latest polls put the PVV at 34 seats in the 150-seat lower house of Dutch parliament, some 10 seats ahead of his nearest rival, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals.

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