Man faces life sentence for Verdonk threat

25th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 June 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The 22-year-old man accused of threatening Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk last week will also be charged with threatening the entire Dutch Cabinet, opening up the possibility of a life sentence.

25 June 2004

AMSTERDAM — The 22-year-old man accused of threatening Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk last week will also be charged with threatening the entire Dutch Cabinet, opening up the possibility of a life sentence.

The man appeared before a judge on Thursday and the prosecution claimed that apart from threatening the minister, he also indirectly threatened the Cabinet because it supported Verdonk's immigration policies.

The prosecution is thus treating the threat extremely seriously and in light of the charges laid against the man, the Amsterdam Court remanded him in custody, news agency ANP reported.

The suspect is accused of placing a telephone call with public broadcaster RTV North Holland last week and anonymously threatening Minister Verdonk.

The caller gave Verdonk two weeks to reverse her   immigration policy, but did not make a definite death threat. However, he did not rule out anything and referred to Pim Fortuyn, who was shot and killed by a lone gunman in May 2002.

Minister Verdonk has met with severe criticism for her immigration policies, highlighted by the forthcoming deportation of 26,000 rejected asylum seekers. Her plans to force immigrants to integrate are also under fire from various sectors of the public.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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