Dutch welcome capture of Gaddafi

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The capture and death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been welcomed by Dutch political figures.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said; “Gaddafi’s death means the end of 42 years of dictatorship and of a terrible regime. In any event, the other wanted men should go to The Hague to be tried”.

Reign of terror Mr Rutte thinks the Libyan people risked great personal danger in rebelling against Gaddafi, who presided over what was increasingly a reign of terror.

The prime minister is currently on a visit to Russia for meetings with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

‘NATO’s role over’ Former Dutch minister and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told the NOS public service broadcaster that “a dictator is no more”. He went on to say, “I just hope that, now the dictator has gone, Libya’s various clans don’t start fighting each other.”

Mr De Hoopp Scheffer says NATO’s role in Libya is now over. However, he believes the European Union can play an important role in the rebuilding of Libya’s systems of government and justice.

Repression Members of the Dutch opposition have been elated by the discovery of Gaddafi. Dutch Labour leader Job Cohen said: “It’s a historic day for Libya and for the whole Arab World. Good that Gaddafi has been found. A shame if he’s dead, as then he can no longer be tried for the crimes of which he is accused.”

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders wrote on Twitter: “The end of the Gaddafi era. No tears for that dictator. And let’s just hope that the new regime is not more repressive.”

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