Geert Wilders' appeal against his conviction for inciting discrimination kicks off at the high security court at Schiphol airport on Tuesday with a pre-trial hearing.

As yet it is unclear whether Wilders, who boycotted the original hearing in 2016, will attend the court. The MP and PVV leader is appealing against his conviction for two incidents during a local election campaign in The Hague in 2014.

On March 12, he told the NOS broadcaster that people were voting 'for a safer, more social city with less trouble and if possible, fewer Moroccans.' A week later, he asked the audience at a party rally whether they wanted fewer Moroccans, then added: 'Then we will arrange this.'

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