Moszkowicz: low profile after threat

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19 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – The National Anti-terrorism Coordinator’s Office (NCTb) maintains that drastic measures were needed on Friday to guarantee the safety of lawyer Bram Moszkowicz. A spokesperson said this on Sunday in response to a report from the NOS Journaal that certain officials at the justice ministry and police doubted whether it was necessary that Moszkowicz be escorted from his office on Friday.

19 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – The National Anti-terrorism Coordinator’s Office (NCTb) maintains that drastic measures were needed on Friday to guarantee the safety of lawyer Bram Moszkowicz. A spokesperson said this on Sunday in response to a report from the NOS Journaal that certain officials at the justice ministry and police doubted whether it was necessary that Moszkowicz be escorted from his office on Friday.

The news programme said it based its report on comments from four anonymous sources who said that the threat directed at Moszkowicz was not an acute one. NOS said that the national investigation service of the Amsterdam police had been tipped off two weeks ago that the lawyer had been threatened. The police saw no reason to take action at that time.

The public prosecution department in Amsterdam asked the NCTb to get involved in the case on Friday so as to prevent any perception of a conflict of interests, said the spokesperson from the NCTb. The organisation then drew up a threat analysis, on the basis of which drastic measures were taken.

 “We stand behind our own threat analysis,” the spokesperson said on Sunday.

Moszkowicz will give a press conference this afternoon, in which he will comment on his position as defence lawyer for Willem Holleeder. He confirmed this on Saturday from the secret location he was brought to on Friday. The analysis from the NCTb stated that the threat against the lawyer was serious enough to warrant security measures.

It was reported that the lawyer went on a "short holiday abroad," that had already been planned.

On Thursday it emerged that Moszkowicz’s office had leaked documents to the media to blacken the name of a former client, murdered real estate magnate Willem Endstra. His current client Willem Holleeder is thought to have been involved in the killing of this man.

Investigation from the national criminal investigation service reportedly confirmed that Moszkowicz’s office did in fact leak documents on Endstra. The report stating this formed the basis for a request filed by Endstra’s survivors that the court ban Moszkowicz from acting as Holleeder’s defence lawyer any longer. Their lawyer submitted this request to the court last Thursday.

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Subject: Dutch news

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