Police chief says "Let's kill him".
In his closing statement at his trial for alleged hate speech, prominent Dutch politician and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), Geert Wilders told the court that his trial for alleged hate speech is a "charade, a disgrace for the Netherlands, a mockery for our society".
In a televised statement on the last day of the trial, he said that if he was convicted "millions of Dutch citizens will be convicted with me".
The charges were brought after he called for fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands at a rally in 2015, following widespread reports of criminality by Moroccan immigrants.
The Netherlands will hold a general election in March 2017 and some opinion polls suggest Mr Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) is a close second behind Prime Minister Mark Rutte's liberal VVD, or even slightly ahead.
Below are excerpts from Geert Wilders' trial
by Geert Wilders
November 23, 2016
Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch Parliament and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV).
Mr. President, Members of the Court,
When I decided to address you here today, by making a final statement in this trial against freedom of speech, many people reacted by telling me it is useless. That you, the court, have already written the sentencing verdict a while ago. That everything indicates that you have already convicted me. And perhaps that is true. Nevertheless, here I am. Because I never give up. And I have a message for you and the Netherlands.
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