Jami moves to Voorburg despite protests

30th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 November 2007, VOORBURG – Controversial politician Ehsan Jami may move to a home on the Prins Bernhardlaan in Voorburg. The municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg decided this on Friday after consultation with housing corporation WoonInvest. Neighbourhood residents had sent a letter to the municipality this week protesting Jami's move to the area. The residents say they have nothing against the municipal council member, but are concerned about the safety of the neighbourhood.

30 November 2007

VOORBURG – Controversial politician Ehsan Jami may move to a home on the Prins Bernhardlaan in Voorburg. The municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg decided this on Friday after consultation with housing corporation WoonInvest.
 
Neighbourhood residents had sent a letter to the municipality this week protesting Jami's move to the area. The residents say they have nothing against the municipal council member, but are concerned about the safety of the neighbourhood.

The municipality responded that it understood their concerns, but that these did not constitute enough grounds to ban Jami's move to the neighbourhood. Jami is also chairman of the Committee for former Muslims.

At the request of the National Anti-terrorism Coordinator (NCTb), an apartment is being converted into a safe house for the politician.

Jami is controversial because of his statements about Islam. He published an opinion piece in the Volkskrant with Geert Wilders, for instance, in which they drew a comparison between the prophet Mohammed and Adolf Hitler.

The politician was assaulted by two men in his hometown in early August. He went into hiding temporarily after the attack. At the end of October the Labour PvdA expelled Jami as a party member. Since then he has continued as a one-man faction on the municipal council of Leidschendam-Voorburg.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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