Dutch anti-Islam politician wants new trial judges

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Posted: Apr 15, 2011 11:21 AM
Dutch anti-Islam politician wants new trial judges

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders' lawyers have called for a second panel of judges hearing his hate speech case to be dismissed because of alleged bias.

The trial, initially expected to focus on the limits of freedom of speech and religion, is increasingly focused on the impartiality of judges.

Wilders, leader of the country's third-largest political party, is charged with inciting hatred against Muslims for remarks branding Islam as violent by nature and calling for a ban on the Quran.

Prosecutors say they don't think there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Defense lawyers had the first panel hearing the case dismissed last year for appearing biased. After the new request Friday, the trial is on hold.