Hirsi Ali wants government to pay for her security
The former Dutch MP is taking the government to court for not paying for her security arrangements in The Netherlands and abroad.30 May 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali is taking the government to court to force it to pay for her security arrangements both in The Netherlands and abroad.
On Thursday, her lawyers filed a petition asking to be allowed to call eight cabinet members and civil servants as witnesses in order to provide "irrefutable evidence" that the government promised to continue financing her security arrangements.
They wish to speak in particular to the National Anti-Terrorism Coordinator Tjibbe Joustra and Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin.
Ali hopes that the questioning will prove that the Dutch government did indeed make promises about the financing of her security.
In October 2007, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin stopped financing her protection abroad on the grounds that the Dutch state is only responsible for her while she is in The Netherlands.
However, Hirsi Ali says the Dutch state is responsible for her security wherever she happens to be and also claims that the government promised to finance her protection for as long as necessary, irrespective of her place of residence.
[Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica]