Hirsi Ali pleased with new, secure home
25 February 2005 , AMSTERDAM — The Justice Ministry has found a secure and permanent home for threatened MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, ending a heated dispute over what the Liberal VVD MP claimed were inadequate living conditions.
25 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Justice Ministry has found a secure and permanent home for threatened MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, ending a heated dispute over what the Liberal VVD MP claimed were inadequate living conditions.
Despite complaining last week that she was frustrated with continued secrecy, Hirsi Ali said on Thursday she would not reveal the location of her new home. The outspoken Islamic critic says she is extremely pleased with her new abode.
The MP had revealed on 18 February that she was living in a secure naval base in Amsterdam and that right-wing MP Geert Wilders was being forced to live in a jail in Zeist. She said her freedom was restricted and that rather than hiding them away, it should be public knowledge where threatened MPs live.
Both Hirsi Ali and Wilders are allegedly the targets of a murder plot drawn up by suspected Islamic terrorists. The arrested suspects are members of the alleged terrorist network Hofstadgroep, which is named after the city of The Hague, the Dutch political capital.
Responding to Hirsi Ali's criticism, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said the MP had placed herself, Wilders and security staff in danger by revealing the location of the "safe houses". But he also assured MPs this week that he was still searching for a safe and permanent home for the two MPs.
Donner also said that both Hirsi Ali and Wilders had chosen to be quartered at the navy base and the jail. He also claimed that Hirsi Ali had in the past refused various housing offers because she considered them unsatisfactory. The MP denied the claims.
After the announcement that a safe house has been found for Hirsi Ali, the Christian Democrat CDA minister said on Thursday he did not wish to release further details due to safety concerns. But he did confirm that Hirsi Ali had been given a home in which she can stay as long as she is being threatened, news service NOS reported.
Discussions will be held with Wilders at a later date about a new and safe home or a return to his former abode. The independent MP said he totally agreed with Hirsi Ali's decision to reveal their secret whereabouts last week and was happy that Hirsi Ali now had a house.
Hirsi Ali went into hiding amid death threats after the November murder of Theo van Gogh last year. Right-wing independent Wilders also went into hiding last year after he too was threatened for his sharp criticism of the Islamic faith.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news