The trial of anti-Islam campaigner and MP Geert Wilders centres on two fundamental issues – the ban on discrimination and the right to freedom of expression – the public prosecutor said on Friday.
'This has an impact on the basis of the rule of law,' the official said during a procedural hearing on the case at the high security court room at Schiphol airport.
Freedom of expression is not absolute, the prosecutor said. This means a politician has a special responsibility not to break the law. He dismissed accusations that the trial is politically motivated. 'It is about fundamental values,' he said.