Appeal court judges will today begin three days of procedural hearings in the Geert Wilders 'fewer Moroccans' case, as the PVV leader re-starts an appeal against his earlier conviction.
The original appeal began in May but Wilders' legal team successfully applied for the judges to be removed after alleging bias. The court had refused to delay the trial so that more research could be carried out into the decision not to prosecute D66 leader Alexander Pechtold for comments he made about Russians.
Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops wants to use the Pechtold case to show that the public prosecution department is biased about whom it chooses to prosecute. He will again ask the court to do this, broadcaster NOS said.