“Execution of PM wisest decision”
9 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – The public prosecution department demanded a year in prison, six months suspended, for the 41-year-old man who threatened Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende last October.
9 February 2007
AMSTERDAM – The public prosecution department demanded a year in prison, six months suspended, for the 41-year-old man who threatened Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende last October.
The former lawyer wrote on his website www.verkiezingen.nl that the PM was in danger of being assassinated.
“However much taking justice into one’s own hands should be discouraged, the summary execution of Jan Peter Balkenende might well be the wisest decision,” he wrote on his site. “How otherwise can we prevent Balkenende from feeling enough support after the elections on 22 November to exterminate another 650,000 Iraqis.'”
Jeroen de K. told the court that he sees his texts “simply as a column in which [he] points out the danger posed by Balkenende.” The man, who has been in custody since his arrest in October, said that the prime minister is a “war criminal” because of the Dutch participation in the war in Iraq.
He said the threat did not come from himself. “I have had many talks with Muslims who want revenge.” De K. wanted to become a member of D66 at one point in hopes of becoming prime minister himself “in order to bring about the arrest of Balkenende.”
The prosecutor found it particularly serious that De K. put his texts online “on a site that would probably be visited by many just before the elections.”
A verdict from the court is expected on 22 February.
[Copyright Expatica + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news