"Ministers responsible for Pim's death"

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7 June 2007, AMSTERDAM - Marten Fortuyn has filed a case against the ministers who were responsible for his brother Pim Fortuyn's protection, De Telegraaf reports. In the complaint he filed with the Amsterdam chief of police and the public prosecution department on Wednesday Fortuyn reportedly presses for a thorough criminal investigation into former minister for home affairs Klaas de Vries (PvdA) and former justice minister Benk Korthals (VVD). "Both ministers were responsible for setting up protection

7 June 2007

AMSTERDAM - Marten Fortuyn has filed a case against the ministers who were responsible for his brother Pim Fortuyn's protection, De Telegraaf reports.
 
In the complaint he filed with the Amsterdam chief of police and the public prosecution department on Wednesday Fortuyn reportedly presses for a thorough criminal investigation into former minister for home affairs Klaas de Vries (PvdA) and former justice minister Benk Korthals (VVD). 
"Both ministers were responsible for setting up protection and security after proposals from the so-called technical evaluation committee," Fortuyn's lawyer Frank van Ardenne writes.

Pim Fortuyn was also their responsibility as of March 2002, the paper writes. The Van den Haak committee however found that the two ministers had gravely underestimated the threat to Fortuyn. "De Vries was too hesitant to act, while Korthals failed to do his duty by not taking an active role in the decision making," Van Ardenne writes.

Fortuyn was left vulnerable to attacks because he was not provided any bodyguards, the lawyer writes. A risk that ended in the assassination on 6 May 2002. Van Ardenne says that later statements from Fortuyn's assassin also point to the legal responsibility of De Vries and Korthals.

"Volkert van der G. says that he wouldn't have committed the attack if Fortuyn had left the studio with bodyguards. That seems to show a direct link between the death of Pim Fortuyn and the negligence of the ministers."

Lawyer Van Ardenne thinks there is a very real chance that the investigation will take place, De Telegraaf writes. "The public prosecution department did not open an investigation at the time, perhaps because the situation was extremely explosive then. With the passing of time however justice can now look at the matter with more distance. The public prosecution department owes it to the relatives and to Dutch society, in my view."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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