Former Pakistani cricketer named in threats to Dutch MP

The Netherlands announced on Monday that it had indicted a “high-profile” Pakistani man for inciting the murder of a member of parliament, with anti-Muslim parliamentarian Geert Wilders saying the suspect was former international cricketer Khalid Latif. said.

The Dutch public prosecutor’s office said a 37-year-old man offered 21,000 euros ($23,000) in 2018 for killing a Dutch parliamentarian via an internet video without identifying a suspect or target.

“In this particular case, the suspect is identifiable.

Wilders, who canceled a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in 2018 after demonstrations and death threats, tweeted that the suspect was former Pakistani opener Latif.

“Dutch prosecutors will indict and issue a subpoena for Pakistani cricketer Khalid Latif, who put a price on my head for killing me in 2018. They’ll want it,” Wilders tweeted.

He called on prosecutors to “respect” and prosecute others he accused of making the threats.

When asked to confirm that Latif was a suspect, a spokesperson for the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office replied, “We will never name names.”

Latif himself said he was unaware of the charges.

“I have no knowledge of this and will only comment if I am contacted about this,” he told AFP.

Dutch prosecutors have now submitted a request to Pakistan to issue a summons for the suspects, but said this would be “very complicated” as the two countries do not have a legal treaty.

Latif was summoned to a court near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on August 29 on charges of attempted incitement to murder, sedition and intimidation.

Dutch media reported that prosecutors had also sought questioning of Latif in 2019.

The Pakistan Embassy in The Hague was not immediately available for comment.

Latif, 37, was handed a five-year ban from cricket for spot-fixing a Pakistan Super League match in Dubai in 2017.

He played a dot ball ((when the ball was bowled and the batter failed to score) by fellow opening pitcher Sharjeel Khan in a Pakistan Super League game in Dubai in 2011 to win the game. was suspended for arranging a deal to play in exchange for money).

Latif was suspended last year and has since lived a low profile life at Karachi, coaching at club level.

He played his last of 13 Twenty20 Internationals in September 2016. He has also played five times for the One Day Internationals (ODI) in Pakistan.

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