Dutch politicians threatened 121 times

29th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Politicians have notified the police of 121 instances of threats made against them since 2005, according to the annual report published by the public prosecutor's office (OM) on Wednesday.

29 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Politicians have notified the police of 121 instances of threats made against them since 2005, according to the annual report published by the public prosecutor's office (OM) on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the OM said 52 of these cases are still under investigation and seven others have come before the courts. The investigation into a further 32 cases hit a dead-end.

Most of the threats were aimed at MPs Geert Wilders and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Both have been outspoken critics of aspects of Islam and they went into hiding for a time after the murder of film director Theo van Gogh in November 2004.

Government ministers and several local authority aldermen also contacted the police in relation to threats made against them.

One case was dropped by the OM due to a lack of evidence against the accused person. A Children's Court is to deal with a case against a juvenile on Friday.

Information on threats against politicians have been centralised in The Hague since February 2005. A justice official has been assigned to study each allegation to decide whether a criminal investigation is merited and whether the suspect should be prosecuted.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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