Dutch prosecutors are asking judges to acquit anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders of all charges of inciting hate and discrimination against Muslims.
The move by prosecutors signals their belief the case against Wilders is weak, but judges could still disagree and convict him. The trial continues next week.
Prosecutor Paul Velleman told the court Friday that most of Wilders’ remarks — which include comparing Islam with Naziism — appear to target Islam as an ideology, not single out Muslims for abuse.
Prosecutors initially declined to press charges, but were ordered to do so by an appeals court that ruled there was significant evidence against the influential politician.