Geert Wilders ap­peals against con­vic­tion

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Dutch anti-Is­lam politi­cian Geert Wilders be­gan his ap­peal on Thurs­day against a con­vic­tion for in­cit­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion, ac­cus­ing pros­e­cu­tors of try­ing to de­stroy his right to free speech. Wilders is the leader of the op­po­si­tion in the Nether­lands and one of the lead­ing fig­ures in Europe’s far right. He is ap­peal­ing against a 2016 con­vic­tion for in­cit­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion while at a campaign rally. His lawyer said the cri­te­ria that de­ter­mined whether speech was dis­crim­i­na­tory were be­ing “se­lec­tively ap­plied”.

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