LPF chairman faked 'Islamic' threat letter
11 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — The populist LPF has reacted with amazement to the news its chairman has been arrested for sending the party a bogus threatening letter.
11 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — The populist LPF has reacted with amazement to the news its chairman has been arrested for sending the party a bogus threatening letter.
The public prosecutor's office has confirmed Sergej Moleveld, 33, is being investigated for allegedly sending the LPF parliamentary party a fax which threatened both himself and party leader Mat Herben.
The fax was written in such a way to suggest it was sent by an Islamic group. After it was received, Moleveld reported the "threat" to police.
He faces a charge of wasting police time by filing a false report.
The bizarre incident is the latest in a series of embarrassing episodes of party infighting which has consumed the party's time since the murder of its founder, Pim Fortuyn, in May 2002.
In August, Herben and the party's seven other members broke away from the LPF, claiming it could not be reformed. Later, Herben agreed to return as leader to work on healing the rift.
Responding to news about the fake threat, the leaders of the MP's group, Gerard van As, said the "idiotic move confirmed the decision to leave the LPF had been the correct one".
"It evidences a total breakdown in judgement in these tense times to throw oil on the fire. Moreover, it wrongly shows the Islamic community in a bad light," Van As said.
[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]
Subject: Dutch news