Man jailed for Hirsi Ali death threat
26 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — A 22-year-old man who threatened to kill Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been sentenced to nine months in jail. Three months of the term were suspended.
The court in The Hague accepted evidence that the man — who was arrested in September — placed two messages on the internet threatening to kill the outspoken Liberal VVD MP, news site nu.nl reported.
The man made the threats on a Microsoft Netmeeting (MSN) internet forum after the 29 August broadcast of the television programme Zomergasten, in which Somali-born Hirsi Ali appeared as a guest.
The show featured a 10-minute film “Submission” made by Hirsi Ali and Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
The film deals with how the Islamic holy book, the Koran, appears to sanction domestic violence against women in Islamic societies. Four Muslim women wearing see-through garments appear in the dramatised film and give accounts of the abuse they have suffered.
Their breasts are clearly visible as are controversial anti-women texts from the Koran which are written in Arabic calligraphy on their bodies.
Hirsi Ali, who came up with the idea for the film, claimed she did not want to provoke Muslims, but instead spark discussion. She achieved her goal, but accusations also surfaced that she plagiarised the idea for the film.
After the internet threats appeared, Hirsi Ali was given additional security to allow her to continue her work as a Dutch MP.
The Dutch police then tracked down the man’s email address with the assistance of the US authorities. Subsequently the Dutch police raided three addresses in The Hague and they made back-ups of the hard drives of the 12 computers found.
The court ruled on Tuesday that the man not only threatened to kill Hirsi Ali, but gave others the chance to do so as well.
The man published the MP’s address on the internet and the court ruled that this act placed Hirsi Ali in greater danger.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news