Forensics cast serious doubt on Verdonk 'bullet'

7th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — It is unlikely the damage to the window of the office used by Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk was caused by a firearm, the National Forensics Institute (NFI) said on Saturday.

7 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — It is unlikely the damage to the window of the office used by Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk was caused by a firearm, the National Forensics Institute (NFI) said on Saturday. 

The investigation will continue this week in a bid to establish what did cause the damage. It is unclear when the damage was caused but it is known Verdonk was not in the office at the time.

The window pane in Verdonk's office in the justice ministry building in The Hague was removed on Saturday for examination, the police said in a statement.

The damage was first reported to the police on Wednesday but the removal of the glass was postponed until a replacement was available.

Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting on Friday, Verdonk expressed shock at the idea she was apparently the target of an attack. she said that the threats she had been the recipient of for some time had now moved closer.

She has now been given another office, but the Cabinet has yet to discuss other potential security measures.

Verdonk's tough immigration policies have led to an ongoing series of threats against her. In the light of these threats, some commentators expressed surprise last week that Verdonk - who a personal security detail - used an office that overlooked the street.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende declined to categorically confirm on Friday that Verdonk's office had been attacked. But he caused confusion by first talking about "traces of a bullet" and then referring to a "projectile".

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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