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A controversial case against far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders on alleged hate speech crimes is reopening in the Netherlands, but the country's courts are being hamstrung by a lack of familiarity with such cases, according to experts.

"We don't really have a tradition of convicting people for these kinds of things, it's a rare occasion and the courts have limited experience in handling it," Thierry Baudet, an academic at Leiden University, recently told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

The scandal-ridden trial against Wilders, who faces charges of hate speech and discrimination, resumed last Wednesday after the process was put on hold in October 2010.


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