Belgian minister from hiding the speech on the Dutch threat: ‘They wanted to kidnap me’ | Abroad

Belgian Justice Minister Vincent van Quickenborne recorded a video message from his hiding place about the serious threat from the Netherlands. The three men arrested in The Hague and the fourth suspect still on the run had a plan to kidnap him, he says.

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Thursday became a car with a Kalashnikov and bottles of gasoline found at Van Quickeborne’s house in Courtrai. Now it appears there was also a bulletproof vest and tension straps. This means that the judiciary assumes that a plan to kidnap the minister has been thwarted. According to information from the Belgian media, it appears that the Dutch have fled.

“The last 48 hours have been a real roller coaster for our family. For Anouk, for Bo, for Scott and for me, “Van Quickeborne said in his video message, which aired at Kortrijk’s party where he was actually a guest. Many of the minister’s public appointments have been canceled for the next few days. Fortunately we are fine, we are safe and in good hands ”.

‘Professional intervention’

The roller coaster began on Thursday when he received a call from the federal prosecutor. “He told me there was a plan to kidnap me.” The Belgian authorities are not making any statements on the exact course and how the action was foiled.

Belgian Minister Van Quickenborne in a video message. © Screen shot of the video

“My kidnapping was thwarted thanks to the professional intervention of our security services, who are ready to protect us day and night,” said Van Quickenborne. “This time I was the target, but unfortunately a lot of people in the police and justice have to deal with this.”

Threat from Holland corner

The threat comes from the Netherlands. In addition to the found Dutch registration car, three men aged 20, 29 and 48 were soon arrested in The Hague and Leidschendam. A fourth suspect is still wanted. Belgium demanded the surrender of the three.

In Belgium it is widely believed that the threat comes from the drug environment. Attacks have been regularly committed and thwarted in the country in recent months, many of which involved Dutch involvement. A dozen Dutch people are now detained for accidents on Belgian soil.

Justice Minister Van Quickenborne serves as a banner for the fight against organized crime in the country. Last year he signed an extradition treaty with Dubai, a popular refuge for criminals. And Van Quickenborne proudly spoke about the crack of encrypted criminal phones, which led to the arrest of many people, even in our country.

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