Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders sits in a courtroom of the courthouse in Schiphol, the Netherlands March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Kooren
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Far-right anti-immigrant Dutch MP Geert Wilders appeared before a top security court Friday for a hearing ahead of his trial later this year on charges of incitement to hatred.The remark triggered 6,400 complaints from across the Netherlands, and Wilders even faced criticism from within his Party for Freedom (PVV).Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops told a three-judge bench the case should be stopped immediately so an investigation could be launched into how sensitive documents including Wilders' opening statement had been leaked to a Dutch newspaper.The popular tabloid Algemeen Dagblad Friday printed an unauthorized version of Wilders' defence strategy as well as a draft of his opening statement which both Wilders and Knoops described as a "shocking" development.
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