As I said, I went to the police and they advised me to make no complaint. A complaint would be useless because only threatening someone with death is punishable by law the policewoman told me. I know this is not true. Threatening with violence is also a crime. She went away for a minute to discuss this with her colleagues and afterwards she still said the same. I still wanted to make a complaint and that's what I did.
I also asked who would be going to judge my complaint? She said that a local person, a sort of manager, at the police station in Hengelo would check if a court case is feasible. If the complaint is to weak or the information about the wrongdoer is to weak than the complaint won't go to the prosecutor. The prosecutor will in the end decide if the case will be brought to a judge. If you don't agree with a case being not brought to court you van start an article 12 procedure. In that case, a judge can order the Public Prosecution Service to bring the case in front of a judge.
Today, I was called by telephone by the police of Hengelo: they will not make a court case out of my complaint. I asked who had decided this and the policeman said someone at the local police station. So no prosecutor has seen my complaint. In 2013 I got death threats wile I was walking in the town Deventer. The police came after we, I was with a friend, called 112. The boy, he was below eighteen, admitted to the police that the had threatened me with death. Later I was called by the police that they would not start a court case. The person who threatened me was a known person (known by the police for his previous behavior) they said and if he does something else in the next year we will add your complaint to his record.
I'm threatened a lot of times. On the streets, in the train, everywhere I go I'm not save. Can I paint my garden fence? Yes, but it's dangerous. When someone, but especially an opinion maker, is threatened, than it's a bad thing for a free society. The threats I receive are structural. Letting this happen as a society is a very wrong choice.
Today I read that someone was brought to court because she had threatened our Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the Internet. The Public Prosecution Service said we can't tolerate such threats.
I remember a group of persons aged around twenty that threw bricks at my house. A police car was nearby and I explained what had happened and I pointed to the boys. All the police did was nothing, waiting for them to escape on their bicycles and when they were out of side they drove 'walking speed' in that direction. The highest Dutch court in The Netherlands disbanded the Martijn Association, because the truth cannot be said in an organized way. Should I start a so called article 12 procedure in such a climate? In a country that does not respect basic human rights?
What about the man who threatened me? Well, the city block agent (the so called wijkagent, every dutch area has such an appointed police agent) will have a chat with him. That's what I was told. If this chat really has or will take place I don't know. I also don't know what he or she will say to him.
English versus Dutch
Complaint = Aangifte
Prosecutor = Officier van justitie
Public Prosecution Service = Openbaar Ministerie
9 August 2017