Hirsi Ali wants Dutch to fund protection in US

23rd May 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Muslim critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali is demanding the Netherlands retains partial responsibility for her protection after she moves to America.

23 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — Muslim critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali is demanding the Netherlands retains partial responsibility for her protection after she moves to America.

Her spokesperson said Hirsi Ali wants her current bodyguards to move with her. If that is not possible, she thinks the Netherlands should contribute to the cost of hiring new security personnel in the US. Her representatives are talking to the government about her future security.

Continuing her current protection after she moves is by no means guaranteed. Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said last week that her safety would be a matter for the American authorities when she relocated there. He added that there would be discussions between the US and the Netherlands.

Sources said these contacts are ongoing and US officials have suggested a private security firm should be hired. The Netherlands would not want to contribute to this.

Hirsi Ali resigned from the Dutch parliament last week after Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk cast doubt on whether she was ever a Dutch citizen. A native of Somali, Hirsi Ali gave a false name and date of birth to get asylum in the Netherlands in 1992. Those lies may have invalidated her naturalisation five years later, Verdonk suggested.

This caused an outcry in both the Netherlands and around the world. The Dutch parliament instructed the Minister to find some way to ensure Hirsi Ali keeps her Dutch passport.

The incident led Hirsi Ali to accelerate plans to move to New York to take up a job with a neo-conservative think tank.

Her life has been repeatedly threatened in the Netherlands since she announced on a television programme several years ago that she was no longer a Muslim. Her continued criticism of aspects of Islam and the treatment of women have led to more threats.

Hirsi Ali wrote the script for the short film Submission made by director Theo van Gogh. He was murdered by a Muslim extremist in Amsterdam in November 2004.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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