Wilders "intimidated" by NCTb
27 April 2007, THE HAGUE – National Coordinator for Anti-terrorism Tjibbe Joustra invited MP Geert Wilders to his office earlier this month to show him what commotion his comments about Islam have created in Arab countries. The MP says he found the talk intimidating.
27 April 2007
THE HAGUE – National Coordinator for Anti-terrorism Tjibbe Joustra invited MP Geert Wilders to his office earlier this month to show him what commotion his comments about Islam have created in Arab countries. The MP says he found the talk intimidating.
Wilders was spoken to for several hours at the National Coordinator's office (NCTb) and shown newspaper clippings and footage of the unrest his recent criticism of Islam has caused in the Arab world. The main trigger was his statement that Muslims should tear out and discard half the Koran if they want to live in the Netherlands.
Wilders said the NCTb's goal was not only to inform him about his security situation. After the three hour meeting, an employee of the NCTb told Wilders that he would do better to express his political message in a milder manner. Wilders said he was given this recommendation during a presentation in the office of NCTb boss Tjibbe Joustra, at which officials from the intelligence and security service (AIVD) were also present.
"Joustra took back the recommendation from his employee, but it had already been said at that point," Wilders said.
The NCTb did not want to comment on the case on Thursday evening. A spokesperson did stress that in general the NCTb would never silence anyone. "We strongly reject any connection made between the NCTb and intimidation and silencing someone," the spokesperson said.
Nonetheless Wilders said he left the meeting with an "unpleasant feeling." He was shown articles and footage showing that ayatollahs have threatened to impose economic sanctions against the Netherlands and to recall ambassadors, among other things. "Fortunately none of that happened, but you do get a fright when you see all of that," Wilders said.
Parliament wants an explanation from Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin. The minister says he will send Parliament an open letter.
Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte stressed that an MP should never feel intimidated into not speaking his mind.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news