Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders has said he will attend court for the first time later this week to defend himself against charges of inciting hatred against Moroccans.
Wilders has so far boycotted the hearings at Schiphol's high-security courthouse and dismissed the trial as politically motivated. But on Monday afternoon he announced via Twitter that he would address the court 'later this week... to give my last word in the trial against freedom of expression'.
The proceedings were triggered by a speech Wilders gave in a cafe in The Hague following the local elections in 2014. He asked a room full of supporters if they wanted to see 'more or fewer' Moroccans in the Netherlands, prompting a chant of 'fewer, fewer.' Wilders replied: 'OK, we'll take care of that.'