Lawyer requests protection after threats

29th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

One of the lawyers behind the prosecution of Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders has asked for bodyguards because of threats from Mr Wilders' supporters.

THE HAGUE—Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reports that the lawyer, Gerard Spong, has received hundreds of hate e-mails since a court in Amsterdam decided that the PVV leader could be prosecuted for his anti-Islamic remarks.

Mr Spong is one of a number of people who openly support the prosecution of the controversial MP. The lawyer expects the Public Prosecutor's Office to investigate the matter.

In response to the report, Geert Wilders has said he condemns "in the strongest possible terms" any threats towards Mr Spong. Since the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, the MP has lived in a series of safe houses and has round-the-clock protection.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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