Hirsi Ali declines Denmark’s offer

16th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 October 2007, COPENHAGEN - A former Dutch parliamentarian and Islam critic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has declined an offer of a safe haven in Denmark, reports said Tuesday.

16 October 2007

COPENHAGEN - A former Dutch parliamentarian and Islam critic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has declined an offer of a safe haven in Denmark, reports said Tuesday.

Danish Culture Minister Brian Mikkelsen said Monday that Somali- born Ayaan Hirsi Ali would fit the criteria for being offered a safe haven in Denmark under legislation being drafted.

Hirsi Ali has had special security protection since 2004 over death threats after she penned the script for the movie Submission that depicts repression of women in Muslim culture.

Theo Van Gogh who directed the film was killed in November 2004.

"Ayaan Hirsi Ali is very honoured over Brian Mikkelsen's offer which she describes as courageous but she wants to return to her work in the United States," Hirsi Ali's spokeswoman Ingrid Pouw told the newspaper Avisen.dk.

According to Pouw, Hirsi Ali was raising funds to cover the costs for her personal security in the US and was in the meantime staying at an undisclosed location in the Netherlands.

Hirsi Ali left the Netherlands a year ago for a position at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, but recently returned to the Netherlands since US authorities allegedly refused to pay for her security.

Mikkelsen on Monday said Copenhagen would be prepared to cover the costs for Hirsin Ali's security in Denmark.

Several parties in the Danish legislature backed the proposal.

Hirsi Ali was a former lawmaker for the Liberal VVD party but left parliament over a controversy linked to her asylum application in 1992.

[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news

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