Dewinter will "seek asylum in NL"

16th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 April 2007, BRUSSELS – "If I lose my political rights in Belgium, I will seek political asylum in the Netherlands if necessary," Philip Dewinter, leader of ultra-nationalist, anti-immigration party Vlaams Belang, said in Gazet van Antwerpen on Monday.

16 April 2007

BRUSSELS – "If I lose my political rights in Belgium, I will seek political asylum in the Netherlands if necessary," Philip Dewinter, leader of ultra-nationalist, anti-immigration party Vlaams Belang, said in Gazet van Antwerpen on Monday.

His statements come in anticipation of the parliamentary debate on Wednesday on a proposed bill from Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx.

The permanent committee for justice will debate a bill that could make it possible to deny both corrupt officials and citizens their civil liberties if convicted of racism.

"After the condemnation of the Vlaams Blok and the amendment to the law on party financing, this is the third initiative from the liberal-social coalition to murder the VB politically," Dewinter said. "If this law is passed I may become its first victim."

Dewinter was referring to a case brought against him by the Council of State after a comment in American magazine Jewish Week. When asked why Antwerp's Jews should vote for a xenophobic party he said: "We have no hate whatsoever for foreigners, but if it must be called a phobia, rather Islamophobia. Yes, I do fear Islam."

"Of course I will pursue every avenue," Dewinter said. "Not only every legal avenue in Belgium but I will take it to the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg if necessary. In the meantime our factions in the lower house and senate will filibuster against the bill so that it can no longer be voted on during this parliamentary term. And if I do lose my liberties, I will apply for political asylum in the Netherlands."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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