Hirsi Ali to pay for her own security
10 October 2007, THE HAGUE – It seems most likely that parliament will support the government decision to no longer pay for the security of Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the United States. It means that the former Dutch politician in the future will need to pay for her own security guards abroad.
10 October 2007
THE HAGUE – It seems most likely that parliament will support the government decision to no longer pay for the security of Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the United States. It means that the former Dutch politician in the future will need to pay for her own security guards abroad.
Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin said during an emergency debate in parliament on Tuesday that he could no longer bear the responsibility for the security of Hirsi Ali abroad. He feels that he lacks the power and has no insight into the risks that the former politician is running in the US.
Hirsch Ballin was asked critical questions by MPs about the possibility to give her more time to raise funds to pay for her own security. Hirsi Ali has indicated that she wants to pay for her own security but that she needs more time to raise funds.
She could only start raising funds since the end of September when she was given a permanent residence permit for the US, the so-called green card. On the NOS Journaal news last night US author Christopher Hitchens said that he had found people in the US, Canada and the UK who would be able to set up a fund in a few days. The interest would pay for Hirsi Ali’s security in the US.
Hirsch Ballin said in a reaction that he had given Hirsi Ali enough time. "A lot of time, attention and patience were spent on making proper arrangements. At a certain moment there is an end to that." Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende responded along the same lines last week.
Hirsch Ballin pointed out that the former politician had been given a year to find a solution. Her employer, the American Enterprise Institute, a US think tank, could have played a role in his opinion. He also referred to the commercial success of her autobiography My Freedom and all presentations that surrounded the launch of her book.
It seems that Hirsch Ballin has convinced a majority in parliament. A motion submitted by GroenLinks to extend the protection of Hirsi Ali once more will be supported by the opposition parties SP and D66. The coalition parties CDA and ChristenUnie are against the motion as is the Party for Freedom (PVV). The coalition party PvdA also tends to reject the motion, according to MP Jeroen Dijsselbloem (PvdA). The VVD still has doubts and will take a decision on Thursday, the day the parliament will vote on the motion.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news