Donner: honour killings are not terrorism

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4 February 2005AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has rejected a call by MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali to use the intelligence service AIVD to tackle honour killings.

4 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has rejected a call by MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali to use the intelligence service AIVD to tackle honour killings.

Speaking on radio on Friday, Donner said honour crimes and killings were "ordinary crimes" and would continue to be treated as such.

Hirsi Ali said in an interview with newspaper De Volkskrant that the police should not only go after the person who actually carries out the killing but also the family members involved in the planning.

She suggested the AIVD should be used to gather evidence against all the guilty members of the family. Under the new anti-terror law, AIVD agents can give evidence in open court about the results of their investigations. Prior to this, such evidence was shielded by State secrecy laws.

In some cultures, family members decide to kill a relative — usually a woman or girl — because they believe she has disgraced the family. The Somali-born MP said the intelligence services could be used against the families of 100 women who are in hiding in shelters around the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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