Volker van der Graaf, mannen som skjøt og drepte Pim Fortuyn har sonet totredeler av straffen og kan formelt løslates, har Nederlands kriminalomsorg bestemt. Men justisministeren har anledning til å overstyre, og mye tyder på at han kommer til å gjøre det.
Det er frykt for at noen vil hevne seg på van der Graaf hvis han viser kommer på frifot. Det ønsker heller ikke myndighetene. Det snakkes om sosial uro som kan utløses. Da heller beholde ham bak murene.
Men når den må velge sier kriminalomsorgen at hensynet til van der Graaf veier tyngre enn hensynet til samfunnet.
Det nederlandske systemet minner mye om det norske.
Volkert van der Graaf was sentenced to 18 years for shooting Pim Fortuyn dead in what was arguably the first assassination in the country since 1672. As his potential release date approaches, the department has resisted letting him out of prison early, saying it could cause civil unrest and that it may be impossible to keep him safe from vigilantes.
Under Dutch rules, prisoners are generally granted parole after serving two-thirds of their sentences. The Council for the Admission of Criminal Justice ruled that Van der Graaf’s rights had priority «over societal unrest and the risks that allowing furloughs may bring.»
Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teeven said that he might ignore the ruling.
«I have to consider it again and go look at the immediate circumstances,» he said.
Fortuyn’s brother Marten said in a statement on behalf of the family that «we presume Teeven will keep his word and see whether any provisional release can be prevented.»
Geert Wilders, the politician who eventually won over the bulk of Fortuyn’s former supporters — and who currently tops national popularity polls, well ahead of Prime Minister Mark Rutte — said that the criminal justice organization is «out of touch with reality.»
«The interest of the Netherlands is that (Van der Graaf) remain behind bars as long as possible,» he said.
At trial, Van der Graaf claimed he saw Fortuyn as a threat to the vulnerable, and compared Fortuyn’s rise in popularity to the rise of Hitler. Closely questioned by judges, Van der Graaf said he wasn’t sure whether what he did was wrong, but he said he would never do it again.
Van der Graaf was married and had a young daughter at the time of Fortuyn’s killing.