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Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders
sits in a courtroom in Schiphol, the Netherlands. (MICHAEL KOOREN / REUTERS)

Brussels- Far-right leader Geert Wilders has gone on trial in the Netherlands on charges of inciting discrimination and hatred of Moroccans. At the same time, the Dutch government has announced that Sheikh Alami Abu Hamza, who will be deported by the Belgian authorities, will face severe surveillance once he comes back to the Netherlands.

The General-Secretary of the Freedom party (PVV) tweeted that his country has suffered from a major Moroccan problem and that silence is a coward act. Wilders said 43% of Dutch people want less Moroccans in their country and the sentence issued by the court will change nothing.

The General Prosecution has brought charges against Wilders after he publicly encouraged hatred against Moroccans during a protest in The Hague in March 2014.

The right-winged politician’s behavior raised a remarkable debate and the Dutch police received 6,000 complaints about it. However, Wilders refused to attend the court session and considered it a “political trial” against the freedom of expression.

In a statement read out by one of his lawyers, Wilders announced that he will not apologize because he had done nothing wrong. Wilders has spent his political path in combating what he considers the “spread of Islam” in the Dutch society.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands announced that it cannot prevent Imam Sheikh Alami from returning to Dutch territories because he holds the Dutch nationality. However, in case the Sheikh would be involved in any hate speech, the necessary procedures would be taken against him.

Sheikh Alami’s sons Hamza,17, caused a heavy debate in Verviers in August after sharing a video in which he calls for killing Christians. Back then, the concerned authorities decided to arrest the teenager for three months in one of the country’s boarding schools.