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Politicians threatened more often in 2020, suspects also more often in court

Politicians reported threats against them 600 times in 2020. That is considerably more reports than in 2019, when 393 were received by the Team Endangered Politicians (TBP) of the The Hague police. According to the Public Prosecution Service, the increase in the number of threats is due to the increasing polarization in society.

The Public Prosecution Service has assessed the reports and has concluded in 274 cases that these were criminal threats. In 43 cases the judge has rendered a judgment, in four cases a sentence has been imposed by the Public Prosecution Service. 88 cases are still under investigation by the police. In 2019, slightly more than half of the reports concerned criminal threats.

Many threats are made on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram. Finding out the person behind an account is often complicated and a matter of time, according to the Public Prosecution Service. In 75 cases, the investigation was discontinued because no suspects were identified.

Often by minors

A significant proportion of the threats were made by minors. Seven cases were settled through Bureau Halt, which means that the minors were given community service that did not end up on their criminal records. In addition, the police conducted 42 ‘reprimanding conversations’ with young people who had not previously come into contact with the police. A local police officer will then discuss the consequences of the actions with the parents and the child.

In addition, more cases were brought to court in 2020 than in the previous year, 43 versus 15. According to the Public Prosecution Service, this is the result of stricter policy aimed at summoning and bringing threats to court more often than before. The judge also regularly imposes prison sentences.

Politicians threatened more often in 2020, suspects also more often in court
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