Justice Minister responds to threats to his safety

The Federal Justice Minister has reponded to the news of a threat to his personal safety that has led to the arrest of three people in the Dutch capital The Hague. In a Facebook post Mr Van Quickenborne writers that “In a democratic state under the rule of law we never give in to violence”. 

“The criminals feel like they have been driven into a corner and they are right to do so. Because we will continue the fight against organised crime, but with more personnel and means that we did previously”.

The Federal Justice Minister added “Above all don’t worry. My family and I are safe and in good hands. It was a threat that was directed towards me as Minister of Justice and no one else. Action was taken quickly and suspects were arrested. As a precautionary measure I have been placed under strict security and will not be able to take part in a number of engagements planned for the coming days. It’s not pleasant, but it is understandable”.

Mr Van Quickenborne went on to say that his primary concern is now his wife and children.. "Those behind this have achieved the opposite of what they had intended. This only strengthens my conviction that we must continue the battler. The criminals feel as those they have been backed into a corner and they are right to do so.

“This time I was the target. Sadly this is the reality that confronts very many people within the police and the judicial service. Everyone that is involved in the fight against organised crime knows the risks that this involves”.“The criminals feel like they have been driven into a corner and they are right to do so. Because we will continue the fight against organised crime, but with more personnel and means that we did previously”.

The Federal Justice Minister added “Above all don’t worry. My family and I are safe and are in good hands. It was a threat that was directed to me as Minister of Justice and no one else. Action was taken quickly and suspects were arrested. As a precautionary measure I have been placed under strict security and will not be able to take part in a number of engagements planned for the coming days. It’s not pleasant, but it is understandable”.

Mr Van Quickenborne went on to say that his primary concern is now for his wife and children. 

"Those behind this have achieved the opposite of what they had intended. This only strengthens my conviction that we must continue the battle. The criminals feel as those they have been backed into a corner and they are right to do so.

“This time I was the target. Sadly this is the reality that confronts very many people within the police and the judicial service. Everyone that is involved in the fight against organised crime knows the risks that this involves”. 

Meanwhile, the Federal Prime Minister Alexander  De Croo (Flemish liberal) has described the threat against Mr Van Quickenborne as "Totally unacceptable". 

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