Right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders has appeared before a court in Amsterdam charged with inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.
The case being seen as a test of freedom of expression the Netherlands.
Wilders is on trail after a court overruled a decision by the public prosecutor, who argued Wilders was protected by the right to free speech.
Outside the court, a crowd of protesters voiced support for the Freedom Party leader.
This man said: “Freedom of speech is very important in the Netherlands and it will take a lot to change that.”
The MP is charged over his 2008 film “Fitna” which accused the Koran of promoting violence, Wilders mixed images of terrorist attacks with quotations from the holy book.
He is also accused of comments made in the media comparing Islam to fascism and the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”
He faces a maximum jail term of 13 months.