Tuesday 24 September 2019

Pakistani who ‘threatened Wilders in snack bar video’ is in court

Geert Wilders on the campaign trail. Photo: Depositphotos.com

The Pakistan national arrested at The Hague’s main railway station in August last year after placing a video on Facebook threatening to attack Geert Wilders appeared in court for a procedural hearing on Monday.

The 28-year-old faces charges of making terrorist threats, preparing to carry out a murder with terrorist intent and incitement.

The police were alerted to the film, which was made at a branch of the Doner Company at the railway station in late August 2018.

In the video, which is in Urdu, Junaid I. reportedly states: ‘I am just five minutes from parliament where the exhibition is’ – a reference to Wilders’ planned Mohammed cartoon competition.

According to broadcaster NOS, he then goes on to say: ‘Only he is my target. I will succeed if that is what Allah wants… they make jokes about our prophet.’ He then appeals to people to share the video. The man does not mention Wilders by name.

However, police found manipulated images on the man’s phone which included Wilders who had been beheaded, the Telegraaf said on Monday.

An expert from the Dutch forensic psychiatric institute told the court that the man had changed his story several times and his statements could not be trusted.

The NIFP said it did not have enough information to determine if Junaid I had personality disorder. He does, however subscribe to an ideology which does not denounce violence and is full of bravado, the expert told the court.

Junaid I’s lawyer told the court it is very clear his client is not a terrorist, but that he has been ‘carried away by extremist rhetoric’.

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