Friday, January 28, 2005

Expatica - PM, Nato boss 'included on terror suspect's death list'

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PM, Nato boss 'included on terror suspect's death list'

28 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm were allegedly on a death list drawn up by suspected terrorist Jason W., who was arrested after a 14-hour stand-off with police in The Hague last November.

The stand-off developed after hand grenades were thrown at a specialist police unit moving in to arrest W. and another man.

Current affairs programme Nova reported on Thursday night that internet chat sessions indicated that W. was thinking about killing Balkenende and several other high-profile politicians. The chat sessions are part of the public prosecutor's evidence against the 19-year-old convert to Islam.

W., whose father is American and his mother Dutch, became a Muslim at the age of 14.

The names of Nato Secretary-General and former Dutch foreign minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (who took over as Nato chief in January 2004), populist LPF MP Mat Herben and Liberal VVD MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali and "all the fake Muslims" on the board of management of Dutch Muslim broadcaster NMO were also allegedly on W.'s death list.

The names appeared in a chat session that W. was involved in on 19 September 2003, in which W. is said to have used the internet name Mujaheed. He chatted with another person identified as Galas. Parts of the chat session were broadcast by Nova on Thursday night.

The chat session files were found on W.'s computer in his home in the central Dutch city of Amersfoort on 17 October 2003 when he was arrested with several others on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. The computer was seized by police, but the suspects were released eight days later and the case was dismissed.


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