PvdA MP denies leading role in breaking Iraq story

26th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 January 2007, AMSTERDAM – Various media have portrayed Labour PvdA MP Ton Heerts over the past few days as the man behind the Volkskrant report on alleged torture practices by Dutch troops in Iraq.

26 January 2007

AMSTERDAM – Various media have portrayed Labour PvdA MP Ton Heerts over the past few days as the man behind the Volkskrant report on alleged torture practices by Dutch troops in Iraq.

The Volkskrant broke the story just a few days before the general elections on 22 November last year.

Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte immediately said that there was something ‘fishy’ about the report, given its timing. After reports in other media this week Rutte has now said that “a prominent member of the PvdA faction played a very important role in the materialisation of the article in question.”

Heerts denies that he was the source and continues to have the full support of the PvdA faction. Heerts dismisses Rutte’s suggestion that the PvdA wanted to influence the election outcome with the story in the Volkskrant.

In response to Rutte’s urging that the Volkskrant be open about the matter, editor-in-chief Pieter Broertjes said: “The Volkskrant protects its sources. We do not give any information about them. The suggestion that the Volkskrant joined forces with the PvdA in an effort to influence the elections is absurd.”

[Copyright Expatica 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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