Security of Hirsi Ali in US not extended
11 October 2007, THE HAGUE - Ayaan Hirsi Ali herself must pay for her security in the US. Parliament has just taken the final decision and will not allow her extra time to raise funds at the expense of the Dutch state. During the debate on Tuesday it already seemed to be going in that direction.
11 October 2007
THE HAGUE - Ayaan Hirsi Ali herself must pay for her security in the US. Parliament has just taken the final decision and will not allow her extra time to raise funds at the expense of the Dutch state. During the debate on Tuesday it already seemed to be going in that direction.
On Thursday a majority in parliament will reject the motion submitted by GroenLinks calling on the Dutch government to pay once more during a reasonable period of time for the security costs of the former politician in the US. Hirsi Ali would meanwhile be able to raise funds to pay for her own security.
The coalition parties CDA and ChristenUnie and the opposition parties VVD, PVV and SGP are opposed to it and feel that enough is enough. These parties support the government decision to stop paying for security abroad. It is not yet certain what the PvdA will do during the official voting. On Tuesday the PvdA faction tended towards rejecting the motion.
The Dutch contribution to the security of Hirsi Ali ended on 1 October, after the transition period had been extended twice to give Hirsi Ali the opportunity to take care of own protection. Earlier this week the VVD still had reservations but the liberals said in a statement on Thursday that in all fairness Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin could not be expected to extend the contribution for the third time.
"The Dutch government decision was not ill-considered or unexpected," says MP Laetitia Griffith (VVD). For the VVD faction it is beyond doubt that Hirsi Ali is "a very much appreciated member of the VVD" and can absolutely count on protection during her stay in the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news