Parliament angry with Hirsi Ali’s lawyer
10 October 2007 , THE HAGUE - Britta Böhler, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s lawyer, was severely criticised after spreading confidential information about the security of her client.
10 October 2007
THE HAGUE - Britta Böhler, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s lawyer, was severely criticised after spreading confidential information about the security of her client.
The CDA called for the criminal prosecution of Böhler, who is also a senator for GroenLinks, during the emergency debate on extending the security of Hirsi Ali on Tuesday in parliament. Justice Minister Hirsch Ballin said that if necessary he would raise the matter with the Dean of the National Bar Association.
At Böhler’s request the minutes of the meetings between Hirsi Ali and the National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism were distributed among a large number of MPs. A majority in parliament was outraged.
"Shocked", said Laetitia Griffith MP for the VVD. "This jeopardises Hirsi Ali’s life and Böhler is to blame for this." Van Haersma Buma (CDA) called it "a shame". According to these MPs the working methods of the security services are now public knowledge.
GroenLinks and the PvdA do not understand the commotion, because the information had been distributed at the request of Hirsi Ali.
Böhler has dismissed the criticism. "Members of parliament should be able to discuss matters on the basis of proper information," she said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
One of the two controversial documents is dating back to two days before Hirsi Ali’s move to Washington and the other report to one month later. The report says that Hirsi Ali after her move would be given a "light" type of protection.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
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