Death threat letter with bullet sent to VRT
15 May 2006, BRUSSELS — A threatening letter with a bullet referring to the shootings in Antwerp last week has been sent to the television news service of public broadcaster VRT.
15 May 2006
BRUSSELS — A threatening letter with a bullet referring to the shootings in Antwerp last week has been sent to the television news service of public broadcaster VRT.
The letter was received at the VRT studio in Reyerslaan in Brussels on Tuesday.
The anonymous writer congratulated the culprit of the racist murders in Antwerp and said the next victim must be the former manager of the delicatessen firm Remmery, Rik Van Nieuwenhuyse.
Van Nieuwenhuyse was in the news last year after he refused to sack a Moroccan employee who wore a headscarf to work. The manager received a series of anonymous death threats, but the case has never been solved.
In the meantime, Van Nieuwenhuyse has temporarily stood down as the company manager, taking leave to battle a serious health problem.
The death threat sent to the VRT is signed — exactly as previous letters were — with the letters NVV, which is said to stand for (in Dutch) New Free Flanders.
The VRT has handed the letter over to the Brussels public prosecution office. The letter will now be examined for fingerprints or other usable evidence.
It is not yet certain whether the letter is a real threat or a misplaced joke.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news