Deal agreed over MP's security costs
1 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Right-wing MP Geert Wilders has reached agreement with Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner about who should pay the extra costs required for his security during the election campaign.
1 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — Right-wing MP Geert Wilders has reached agreement with Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner about who should pay the extra costs required for his security during the election campaign.
"My campaign can continue; we have made good deals about this," Wilders said on Friday. Because it related to his security arrangements, Wilders would not go into detail about the agreement. Donner's spokesperson also said declined to talk about the details.
Earlier this week Wilders said his campaign for November's election was in danger as his Party for Freedom could not afford the detection gates required for his rallies.
Wilders is accompanied everywhere by bodyguards following repeated threats to his life over his criticism of Islam and his opposition to immigration from Muslim countries.
Both he and former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali went into hiding for several weeks after the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Muslim fundamentalist in Amsterdam in November 2004.
The Justice Ministry said initially this week that organisations were responsible for security costs at their meetings.
Parliament's chairman Frans Weisglas sent a letter to Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to say the government had to cover the security costs incurred by parties to contest elections.
Donner agreed and invited Wilders to talks on Friday morning.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news